Next week we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day and everybody exchanges cards and gifts expressing love and caring.
But, how many of you know from where this tradition comes from and why is it associated with this particular Saint and this particular date?
Let me tell you then…
A long time ago, Claudius II, the Cruel, was emperor in Rome. Claudius was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns and was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that Roman men did not want to leave their loved ones. So, he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome!
By that time, in 269 A.D., the good Saint Valentine was a priest in Rome and, together with his friend Saint Marius, he defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
When Claudius discovered Valentine’s actions, he was sentenced to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.
But, while in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl, who may have been his jailer’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, on the 14th day of February, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed: “From your Valentine”.
In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius set aside February 14th to honor St. Valentine.
Hope you enjoyed it…
And have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!!