Sunday, February 13, 2011

"St. Valentine's Day: The Feast of Debauchery"

The Kiev Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has jumped on the bandwagon in Russia and the Ukraine condemning the celebration of St. Valentine's day in any way by Orthodox Christians in the former member republics of the Soviet Union.

The article against the holiday posted on the Kiev Patriarchate's website goes into the history of St. Valentine's day celebrations and its pagan equivalent in detail and uses the pagan holiday as a primary reason for forbidding the observance of St. Valentine's day, something rather ironic given how many pagan customs have been christianized in historic Orthodox Christian countries to combat and supplant pagan practices and festivals. Apparently such things are appropriate when done in the ancient Christian East, but not the ancient Christian West.

The Ukrainian-language article by Stepan Voznyak posted on the Kiev Patriarchate's website, "St. Valentine's Day: The Feast of Debauchery," can be found here.

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