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Why do we Celebrate Valentine?

How did it start?

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, or Claudius the Cruel,

as he was also called, Rome was involved in many bloody and

unpopular campaigns. The Emperor was having a difficult

time getting soldiers to join his wars and believed

that the  roman men did not want to leave their loves or families.

As a result, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome.

The good Saint Valentine and Saint Marius were priests in Rome during his reign.

They aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples.

Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before

the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and

to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, 270.

 

Now, what would a martyred saint have to do with a day that celebrates Romance and Love?

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At that time it was the custom in Rome for 800 years

to celebrate the Lupercalia on February 15.  This feast honored the

Roman gods Lupercus and Faunus.  In addition to being a bountiful feast,

this was also a fertility festival, a time to meet and court a prospective mate.

On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan

ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they

were drawn by the men as chance directed and they would be coupled

for the duration of the festival.

Of course, the pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome

endeavored to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting

the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about

the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's

Day for the celebration of this new feast.

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Several stories and legends grew about Saint Valentine.

Saint Valentine is said to have sent messages to friends from prison saying,

"Remember your Valentine." and "I love you."

Another story has him falling in love with the jailer's daughter and curing her of

her blindness through faith and prayer.  On the date of his execution, he is said

to have sent her a note signed, "Your Valentine."

Here's another legend-

 

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The Legend of the Valentine

The legend says ST. VALENTINE

Was in a prison cell

Thinking of his little flock

He had always loved so well

And, wanting to assure them

Of his friendship and his love,

He picked a bunch of violets

And sent them by a dove..

 

And on the violet's velvet leaves

He pierced these lines divine

That simply said, "I LOVE YOU"

And I'M YOUR VALENTINE'...

So through the years that followed,

From that day unto this,

Folks still send messages of love

And seal them with a kiss...

 

Because a SAINT in prison

Reached through prison bars one day

And picked a bunch of violets

And sent them out to say

That FAITH and LOVE can triumph,

No matter where you are,

For FAITH and LOVE are GREATER

Than the strongest prison bar.

According to church tradition, when Valentine was on trial

he was asked if he believed in the Roman gods Jupiter and Mercury.

Of course Valentine said they were false gods and that he believed in the one true God,

the God that Jesus Christ called Father.  For this he was thrown in prison but while

there, he continued to witness about the Lord.  One of the guards had an adopted daughter

who was blind and the guard asked if Valentine's God could help.   Valentine prayed

and the daughter regained her sight. The guard and his family, all 46 of them,

were converted and were baptized as Christians.

Valentine made more converts while in prison and this infuriated

the emperor.  St. Valentine was beheaded.

The kind of love we celebrate on Valentine's Day is the kind that is willing to give up

even life itself so others may know the love of God.

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life

for one's friends." (John 15:13)

 

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Thank you Lord for all we love and all those who love us. We can only love because you first loved us!

Thank you for stalwart courageous men like St. Valentine who showed the amazing power of love!

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