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What's the Deal With St. Valentines Day?

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Everything you wanted to know about St. Valentine's Day but didn't really care enough to ask

Who thought up St. Valentine's Day?

That's actually a very good question, because absolutely nobody really knows who thought up St. Valentine's Day for sure.

Fact is, there have been quite a few St. Valentines' - so actually, St. Valentine's Day is in honor of ALL of them.

When St. Valentine's Day was created, it had nothing to do with romantic love.

It wasn't until the middle ages that romantic love was associated with St. Valentine's Day. Great authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 - 1400) connected St. Valentine's Day with romantic love in his writings. St. Valentine's Day is the day you express your true feelings for someone by way of flowers, candy and the "not-so popular" handwritten notes (these notes are considered to be called "valentines"). However, mass-produced cards have taken the number one spot in Valentine's Day gifts.

The Saint some MOST Consider

There is one saint in particular that the Bishop Demetri of the Orthodox Research Institute consider the saint that St. Valentine's Day was intended for.
This St. Valentine was a priest that lived near Rome around 270 AD. This was a terrible time when the Church was being persecuted greatly. During this time, the Roman Empire outlawed the practice of marriage, but St. Valentine performed the Catholic ritual underground for young couples who truly believed the sanction of marriage.
St. Valentine would even perform these Christian rituals in private for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry. St. Valentine honored the love for those they had on one another and this may be the reason this St. Valentine is the reason we honor St. Valentine's Day.
However, Roman law eventually caught up with St. Valentine and was interrogated by Emperor Claudius II. Christians were usually punished by torture and then forced to convert to Paganism. However still, most of the time Christians would get executed after they converted over. So, in most cases, it didn't matter if you converted over or not, you were going to get put to death anyway.
St. Valentine was offered a similar deal, but St. Valentine did NOT convert, he stood his ground. In fact, he tried converting Claudius over to Christianity during St. Valentine's interrogation.
For this, he was put to death immediately.
Before his death, a jailer wanted it to be known to Claudius that St. Valentine performed a miracle. This jailer claimed that St. Valentine placed his hands on his blind daughter which then enabled her to see. This had no effect on Claudius and the execution was performed.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 James Timothy Peters

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