And we pray for all love in the world and that the lovers today will not cheat on each other and that love will be a way to share God forever.
And now let’s pray 5 Our Father’s to pray that love will change from what it is today to what God meant it to be.
—This was the prayer written by my 10-year old daughter for family prayer time on the eve of St. Valentine’s Day. She read her prayer after first reading a Prayer to St. Valentine that she found on and printed from the internet.
Prayer to Saint Valentine
Dear Lord, who art high in the Heavens,
Give of Love and Passion,
And He who sings the heart’s cords,
Lead the Lovers this day, February ten plus four.
The Day during the month of two,
When the date is the perfect number of God
Greater two souls and two hearts.
Some Loves are fleeting,
But that which is built on you will never fail.
So guide the Lovers to know what is to be.
Your truths the Lover’s mouths should speak,
For Your truth is that which is honest to the heart.
Only this, then, should pass over the red lips of Lovers.
Your art, the Lovers simply a medium.
It is only with True Hearts that You can create a Masterpiece,
So let the Lovers remember that their Soul’s Desire
Is the one for which You light their Fire.
And let it be You who creates the Art of Lovers;
The art of two into one.
She also read this Story of St. Valentine. The words in red are details that she added to this story from other research she did about St. Valentine. The words in pink are words that she omitted from the story she found online.
“The story of Valentine’s Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus. Claudius wanted people to join his army, but the people wanted to stay with their families, so Claudius made it illegal to marry. But Valentinus kept marrying people in secret. (He was a priest.) One Day Valentinus got caught. The married people escaped and Valentinus went to jail. Many young people came to him in jail.
Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ; not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. He was arrested and imprisoned.
During the last weeks of Valentinus’s life a remarkable thing happened. Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentinus for lessons. She had been blind since birth. Julia was a pretty young girl with a quick mind. Valentinus read stories of Rome’s history to her. He described the world of nature to her. He taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.
“Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?” Julia asked one day.
“Yes, my child, He hears each one.”
“Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you’ve told me about!”
“God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him,” Valentinus said.
“Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!” She knelt and grasped his hand.
They sat quietly together, each praying. Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison cell. Radiant, Julia screamed, “Valentinus, I can see! I can see!”
“Praise be to God!” Valentinus exclaimed, and he knelt in prayer.
On the eve of his death Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God. He signed it, “From your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory. He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. On each February 14, Saint Valentine’s Day, messages of affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around the world.”