Posted on 13th February 2019 at 13:04
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The remains of one of the many St. Valentines resides in Dublin, Ireland.
Relics of Saint Valentine can be found at the Whitefriar Street Church
John Sprat was an Irish Carmelite that was known for both his abilities as a preacher and dedicated work with the destitute in the city of Dublin.
While visiting Rome, his fame had apparently preceded him, and he became hot on the Jesuit circuit, giving sermons and receiving tokens of esteem from his peers.
One of the more impressive tokens he was gifted was the remains of Saint Valentine by Pope Gregory XVI, which had recently been uncovered during grave restorations.
Sprat brought the Reliquary containing the relics to his Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, where they remained popular until the death of their popular procurer.
With the death of Sprat, the relics went into storage and were not venerated until the church went through restorations in the 1950’s/1960’s.
Both an altar and shrine were created and are now watched over by a statue depicting the saint holding a crocus (carved by Irene Broe).