`~*`+`*~ THE ORIGIN OF ST. VALENTINE ~*`+`*~
`~*`+`*~ THE ORIGIN OF ST. VALENTINE ~*`+`*~
The origin of St. Valentine,
and how many St. Valentines there were,
remains a mystery.
One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred
for refusing to give up his Christian faith.
Other historians hold that St. Valentine
was a temple priest jailed for defiance
during the reign of Claudius.
Whoever he was, Valentine really existed
because archaeologists have unearthed
a Roman catacomb and an ancient church
dedicated to Saint Valentine.
In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th
as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
The first representation of Saint Valentine
appeared in a The Nuremberg Chronicle,
a great illustrated book printed in 1493.
[Additional evidence that Valentine was a real person:
archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb
and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine.]
Alongside a woodcut portrait of him, text states
that Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during
the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II].
Since he was caught marrying Christian couples
and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted
under Emperor Claudius in Rome
[when helping them was considered a crime],
Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned.
Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentinus
made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor --
--whereupon this priest was condemned to death.
He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't do it,
he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269].
Saints are not supposed to rest in peace;
they're expected to keep busy: to perform miracles,
to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for
non-performance of the supernatural.
One legend says, while awaiting his execution,
Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter.
Another legend says, on the eve of his death,
he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter,
signing it, "From your Valentine."
St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome
and was buried on the Flaminian Way.
He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples,
bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting,
greetings, happy marriages, love,
lovers, plague, travellers, young people.
He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.
Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is a widely
recognized third century Roman saint commemorated on February 14
and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition
of courtly love. Nothing is reliably known of St. Valentine
except his name and the fact that he died on the the 14th of February
Via Flaminia in the north of Rome.
It is uncertain whether St. Valentine is to be identified as
one saint or two saints of the same name.
Several differing martyrologies have been added
to later hagiographies that are unreliable.
these reasons this liturgical commemoration was
not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints
for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969.
But the "Martyr Valentinus who died on the 14th of February
on the Via Flaminia close to the Milvian bridge in Rome"
still remains in the list of officially recognized saints
for local veneration. Saint Valentine's Church in Rome,
built in 1960 for the needs of the Olympic Village,
continues as a modern, well-visited parish church.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saint Valentine the Presbyter
is celebrated on July 6  and Hieromartyr Saint Valentine
(Bishop of Interamna, Terni in Italy) is celebrated on July 30.
Notwithstanding, because of the relative obscurity of this
western saint in the East, members of the Greek Orthodox Church
named Valentinos (male) or Valentina (female)
may celebrate their name day on the
Western ecclesiastical calendar date of February 14..
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Saint Valentine's Day
Antique Valentine's card
Feast of Saint Valentine
People in many countries;
Anglican Communion), Eastern Orthodox Church, Lutheran Church
Feast day of Saint Valentine;
the celebration of Love and affection
February 14 (fixed by the Western Christian Churches);
July 6 (fixed by the Eastern Christian Churches)
Sending greeting cards and gifts,
dating, church services
Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day,
 or the Feast of Saint Valentine,
is observed on February 14 each year.
It is celebrated in many countries around the world,
although it remains a working day in most of them.
St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one
or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.
The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine
was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings
for soldiers who were forbidden to marry
and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted
under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment,
he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius.
Legend states that before his execution he wrote
"from your Valentine" as a farewell to her.
Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day
in the Anglican Communion,
as well as in the Lutheran Church.
The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day,
albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor
of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date
in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine,
the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).
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