Thursday, February 14, 2008

St. Valentine

A happy Valentine's day to everyone! :-) There's not much about St. Valentine that I know, just that he was a priest, (maybe even a bishop) in Rome. He was favored by the people there and they often asked for his blessing. When the war broke out, the emperor commanded that just about every man, no matter what, would help and fight. Saddened by this emperor's command, he secretly married young people together. When the emperor found out about this, he threw into a rage and commanded that he be thrown into jail. So soldiers came and took him, even in the middle of a wedding. In jail he aided the future martyrs there. He also converted the jailer by restoring sight to the jailer's blind daughter. Because of that, the emperor ordered that he'd be beheaded. But before he was executed, it is said that he left a goodbye message for the jailer's daughter signed, "From your Valentine." He was a martyr in the end....but I don't think his story had to do much of anything what we do this day. Really strange....But some believe that Romans had some sort of custom this day...they had a drawing of names of girls and boys, who would take care of each other for a certain amount of time, including a year. They later used saint names, and St. Valentine's name happened to be one of them. Some others say that the birds began mating on St. Valentine's feastday. Then other traditions were added and performed on the eve and on the day by the English in 1477.

That's pretty much it that I know of St. Valentine. Hope everyone out there has a great day!! :-D


Marie said...

Thankyou for sharing St. Valentine with us all.

I have to admit I hate seeing little red devils portrayed in so many cards and gifts etc.

This was a refreshing change as to the real meaning of Valentines day.

Peace to you hon:)

Marie xoxoox

Pueo said...

I love all the Saint stories you put up CT!
They're so wonderful!

Charity Therese said...

Ms. Marie~ I hope you had a great St. Valentine's Day!! :-D I feel kinda sad too...that St. Valentine is replaced by other characters. You're welcome and thank you for visiting!!

Pueo~ Thanks! But I really have no idea why I love them so much!! :-D How are the books that you're reading? :-)

Micki said...

CT, I just have to tell you that I always look forward to seeing what new saint you are going to write about. You are blessed to have so many "saintly friends. :-)

Charity Therese said...

Thank you Ms. Micki!! :-D I always look forward to your postings of your beautiful holy cards and touching reflections and quotes :-)