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Valentine’s Day

St Valentine is a mysterious figure due to the fact that he, if he was just one man, lived in the time of the Church fathers during periods of persecution so records of who he actually was are not in abundance. However the man that Valentine’s Day itself is based on was a Roman priest, or bishop, who lived during the time of the emperor Caludias who was persecuting the Church and who also put out an edict which stopped young men from marrying.

This was to put paid to the inhibition of young men’s ability to fight by their natural concern of dying and leaving behind a wife and family. Valentine defied this law and married young couples in secret, for which he was jailed and later martyred.

Valentine was declared a Saint by Pope Gelase I for his sacrifice in the defence of love.

So instead of chocolates and cards this Valentines Sunday you may want to pray for this wonderful saints intercession. Below I’ve included a prayer to Saint valentines to protect love, and for those without a spouse, to find love.

Have a blessed Valentine’s Day!

Saint-Valentin, image
Protecteur de ceux qui s’aiment,
Toi qui a vécu et annoncé,
au risque de ta vie,
le message de Paix de l’Evangile,
Toi qui, par le combat d’Amour du martyre,
as triomphé de toutes tes forces
de l’indifférence, de la haine et de la mort,
Ecoute notre prière :
Face aux déchirures et aux divisions du monde,
donne-nous de toujours nous aimer
sans aucun égoïsme
pour être, au milieu de tous,
de fidèles témoins de l’Amour de Dieu. image
Accorde-nous de demeurer animés
d’un amour et d’une confiance capables
de nous faire surmonter
les obstacles de l’existence.
Nous t’en prions,
intercède pour nous auprès de Dieu
qui est la source même
de tout Amour et de toute Beauté
et qui vit et règne
pour les siècles des siècles.
Saint-Valentin, prie pour nous !
Amen

Trouver l’âme soeur

imageConfiant en votre bienveillance, me voici à vos pieds
pour implorer votre charité et votre compassion.
Intercédez en ma faveur pour que la solitude s’éloigne
et qu’il me soit permis de rencontrer l’âme soeur.
Saint-Valentin, Patron des amoureux, ne me laissez pas
dans la tristesse, la peine et le silence.
Faites que ma vie s’illumine dans le partage de l’amour.
Intercédez pour moi, pauvre pécheur, auprès du Tout-Puissant
que je vénère en respectant Sa Sainte Loi.
Saint-Valentin, vous qui avez donné tant d’amour et de charité,
vous qui séjournez parmi les Bienheureux, avec ferveur,
je vous adresse cette prière. Accordez-moi votre assistance
pour que les ténèbres de mon coeur puissent entrevoir
la lumière de l’amour et du bonheur. Ainsi soit-il.

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Sweet Saturday; Valentine’s Cupcakes

 

Charles, duc d’Orléans was one of the greatest of the courtly poets of France, who during exile in England in the 15th century earned a reputation for his poems.  His is now considered The earliest surviving recorded Valentine is a medieval French poem entitled ‘Farewell to Love’, written by Charles, Duke of Orléans in 1415, to his wife Bonne of Armagnac. Charles wrote the poem while he was held in the Tower of London after being captured at the Battle of Agincourt, during the Hundred Years War. He was at the time 21 years old.

Farewell to Love, Duke of Orléans, 1415

Je suis desja d’amour tanné, image
Ma tres doulce Valentinée,
Car pour moi fustes trop tart née,
Et moy pour vous fus trop tost né.
Dieu lui pardoint qui estrené
M’a de vous, pour toute l’année.
Je suis desja d’amour tanné,
Ma tres doulce Valentinée
Bien m’estoye suspeconné,
Qu’auroye telle destinée,
Ains que passast ceste journée,
Combien qu’Amours l’eust ordonné.
Je suis desja d’amour tanné,
Ma tres doulce Valentinée.

I am already sick of love,
imageMy very gentle Valentine,
Since for me you were born too soon,
And I for you was born too late.
God forgives him who has estranged
Me from you for the whole year.
I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine.

Well might I have suspected
That such a destiny,
Thus would have happened this day,
How much that Love would have commanded.
I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine.

Valentines Cupcakes

These cupcakes are very rich and a little bitter, quite a manly valentines so I made them recently for my husband. If you fancy doing the same here’s what you need to do.

Ingredients

Cupcakes  image
1 1/3 cups all plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup salted butter at room temperature
1 egg white
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural yoghurt mixed with 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 cup milk

Ganache
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate
300ml tub of heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp salted butter

Decoration

red fondant icing

gold stars

Cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 350 F/ 180 C degrees. Put cupcake liners into the moulds of a tray – this recipe will make between 12-14 cupcakes.
2. Put the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add butter, egg white, egg, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed just until just smooth.
4. Fill cupcake liners a little more than half way and then bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.

 

Ganache topping
1. Break the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl.
2. Add heavy whipping cream and butter to the bowl with chocolate.
3. Microwave mixture for about 1-2 minutes at a time, stir then microwave again repeating this process until fully melted.
4. Set aside to cool in the fridge until the chocolate begins to thicken.

5. Whilst the ganache is thickening rollout the red icing no cut out red hearts. Put these on some greaseproof paper and leave to harden – if you can do this over night.
5. When ready Togo ahead check the consistency of the ganache; it needs to be thick but spreadable. If need be remove from the fridge and leave it to soften a little. Then cut out a hole in the center of the cupcakes and fill with a little ganache, the hole only needs to be about …1/2-1 cm deep. Put the heart’s point in the hole and then use the ganache to cement it into the cupcake, building the ganache up so that it covers the top of the cupcake. Sprinkle gold stars over the top.

Voila!