Today is for lovers…

14 Feb

 valentines

Today is St.Valentine’s Day! I love it every year! I love the flowers and candy and telling my honey that I love him a million times in one day! As we celebrate love… let us not forget the story behind the Hallmark holiday! 

St. Valentine is the patron of lovers, young people, and happy marriages.He was a priest from Rome in the third century. The story goes that he was caught assisting Christians who were being persecuted under the reign of Emperor Claudius II. He was asked to renounce his faith but he remained steadfast and strong in what he believed.

He was arrested and imprisoned. The Emperor took a liking to Valentinus but when the priest tried to convert the him, he was beaten with clubs.

The Prefect of Rome, finding all tortures ineffectual, ordered the beheading of St. Valentine on February 14, 269. Over a century later, in 494 AD, February 14 was declared his feast day by Pope Gelasius.

Several miracles have been attributed to St. Valentine. One legend says that while in prison, he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer, whose sight he restored. On the eve of his death, it was said that he wrote a letter addressed to the jailer’s daughter, which was signed, “From your Valentine.

Stories about St. Valentine not only stress his heroism but also the romantic side of him. Today, people send candies, flowers, love letters, and gifts on February 14 in the name of St. Valentine. Married couples and lovers appeal to him for courage and strength in facing problems in their love life.

As we celebrate the memorial of St. Valentine, let us not only remember him as the patron of lovers. Let us be inspired by his strength in trying to defend his faith.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day– may you be surrounded by love and happiness all day through!

 

 

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2 Responses to “Today is for lovers…”

  1. Beth Anne Ryerson February 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    I had no idea this stared as a Catholic holiday– thanks for sharing. Very interesting.

  2. Annabelle Gyerson February 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    So romantic…. thanks for sharing.

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