Saturday, February 13, 2010

"From your Valentine"

There are many stories, customs, historical notes, and fun facts associated with Valentine's Day ~ here is my favorite:

During his reign in Rome, Claudius II decided that married men were too distracted to serve in the military.  Since he needed a big army, he banned marriage in the country instead of banning married men serving in his army.  Hmmm....  proving that the logical soundness of politics just hasn't changed that much over the years.

A bishop by the name of Valentine defied the governement, stood up for what he felt was right, and performed secret marriages.  Hmmm... and suffered the consequences - he was arrested.  In addition to his arrest, Claudius II tried to convert St. Valentine to the worship of all the Roman gods.  St. Valentine stuck to what he knew to be true - Jesus Christ - and suffered more consequences.  Now, not only was he is prison for marrying people, he was scheduled to be executed because he disagreed with Claudius' religion.

During his arrest he met the daughter of his jailer and she became his friend.  His imminent death caused her a great deal of distress, so shortly before his death he wrote her a message - and signed it "From your Valentine".   He was executed on February 14, 270 AD for refusing to renounce his religion.

After learning about the history of St. Valentine a few years ago, "Happy Valentine's Day" had a little different meaning to me.  Perhaps adding sacrificial caring for others in with the mix of chocolate and flowers might be a good idea for all of us.  There are other details and stories about St. Valentine - and a ton of links out there in cyberland.  Here are a couple that I got some information from - just in case you want a further 'read' *winks*

http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/history_of_valentine.htm

http://www.pictureframes.co.uk/Saint-Valentine.aspx


Hope you enjoyed finding out about St. Valentine and how "From your Valentine" got started!

Blessing,
Kathy

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks Kathy, love the information. They should make this story into a movie.

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  2. Thanks, Marlene - it would make a very interesting movie. I had also heard another time that one of the illegal marriages that St. Valentine performed was for the jailer's daughter and her husband.

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  3. All I have to say, Kathy, is that you are prolific. Twelve posts are showing that I have not commented on. Good Gracious Alive.....will I ever catch up?

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  4. Thanks, Kathy! I didn't know all the details of that story.

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  5. roflol - funny, Carole ;-)

    Thank you, Cassie!

    You are welcome, Splendid - I think that it's neat to know these stories.

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  6. Wow very interesting info, thanks for sharing!

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