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We pray today for those in love, those out of love, and those in between. We remember especially those who find themselves a little bit lonelier than normal. Lord, we asked you to comfort the many people for whom today is particularly painful because they lost a loved one this year. And we remember those working out their marriage vows, in sickness and not in health, quietly caring for a partner with dementia, or with an addiction, or a chronic illness of the body or mind. We pray today and hereby dedicate this happy crappy day to all the brave teenagers who dare to send a card hoping in vain with every fibre of their beings for something back. Let them be a little more okay because we prayed. We think of the mother homeschooling alone, who quietly bought herself flowers yesterday. Let her kids be kind today. Let her teenagers tidy their bedrooms. And if that's a miracle too far, we realise you've got a lot on right now. Could they at least initiate a hug at bedtime? We think of the elderly gentleman gazing today at a fading sepia photograph in a silver frame of a wedding in another time. Look at him and look with him and be with him in the remembering and the unremembering too. King of love, on this day named after one of your unmarried saints. Embrace the unlovely and the unloving parts of our world and of ourselves. We pray and forgive us today we pray for this cheap, gaudy, hysterical, isolating thing we have sometimes somehow tried to make of love and of you. Amen.

— A Distinctly Unromantic Pandemic Prayer for Valentine's Everywhere (Pete Greig)