On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Valentine.
In the first two years of Treasure Chest, Violet Moore Higgins, a well-known illustrator of children's books, contributed sixteen stories to the comic book, including "St. Valentine's Legend", in the February 4, 1947, issue.
Parochial school children learned about Romulus and Remus and their mother-wolf, about the celebration of Lupercalia, and about the development of Valentine's Day after the fall of Rome.
In its February 12, 1953, issue Treasure Chest ran another story about "St. Valentine", this one illustrated by Patty Karch and written by Mary Fabyan Windeatt, a frequent contributor to Treasure Chest in the early '50s.
This story tells of the torture and martyrdom of two saints named Valentine and concludes on a lighter note about birds choosing their mates on Valentine's Day.
The depiction of a Low Mass in the panel at the bottom of page 5 will look familiar to older Catholics. How many items on the altar and on the credence table can you identify? Is anything misplaced?
Happy Valentine's Day to one and all!