Before I begin this history lesson I wish to ask that my readers give their special person a big hug on this day of celebration…..
Where did all this begin…..where did the ‘special’ day and it significance?
Boy is there a story in this event…..
hird-century Roman priest Valentinus was brutally beaten and beheaded after marrying couples in defiance of Emperor Claudius II’s ban on the sacrament of marriage on this day in history, Feb. 14, 270 A.D.
“When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death,” says History.com.
“Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.”
The execution of the priest committed to betrothal is celebrated around the world as Saint Valentine’s Day. The celebration of romance has been secularized in recent decades as Valentine’s Day.
The holiday’s association with roses and romance stands in sharp contrast to Saint Valentine’s grisly execution — or the contemporary fixation with the saint’s dismembered body parts.
That tale of his martyrdom for uniting lovers in defiance of the emperor is one of several popular versions of the origin of Saint Valentine’s Day — each rooted in truth but shrouded by two millennia of poorly recorded history.
There are, for example, two different martyred Saint Valentines venerated on Feb. 14. The holiday may be a blend of their two tales of martyrdom.
“Although not much of St. Valentine’s life is reliably known, and whether or not the stories involve two different saints by the same name is also not officially decided, it is highly agreed that St. Valentine was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome,” writes Catholic.org, published by the nonprofit Your Catholic Voice Foundation
There is so much more to this story…..
There is so much more to the day than candy and flowers…..as usual history is replaced with blind consumerism.
Have a great day my friends.
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4 thoughts on “St. Valentine”
OMG, it says NOTHING about remote viewers for the NSA and CIA, covertly sexually exploiting select sacrifices for the demonic drug Cartels of the world…NOTHING!!!!
OMG this has nothing to do with the post…..chuq
The first known Valentine’s Day card/letter in Britain was sent in 1477.
‘In the British Library is the earliest known English language example of a Valentine. Dating to February 1477, the love letter was written by Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston.’
That’s a very long time after Claudius II. (Emperor from 268-270 AD.) 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
That is way cool….chuq