1. The origin of Valentine’s Day was not all hearts & flowers. In fact, the only heart involved was that of a priest who had his own ripped from his holy chest.
And the only flowers were those placed upon his grave.
2. In 3rd century Rome, Emperor Claudius II decreed that men with no wives or children made for better soldiers.
So, guess what he did?
He outlawed marriage for soldiers.
3. A priest, Father Valentine, saw this as a grave injustice. He defied Claudius’ ruling, and performed secret marriage ceremonies for soldiers. When Claudius uncovered the deception, he ordered that Father Valentine be tortured & killed.
4. In addition to performing secret marriages, Father Valentine helped Christians escape from Roman torture chambers. Possibly because he knew what those prisons were like.
Legend has it that while imprisoned himself, Father Valentine fell in love with the jailor’s daughter who brought him sweetmeats during his confinement. He is believed to have written her a letter signed “From your Valentine” – which is where we get this Valentine’s Day expression.
5. During his life, Valentine was much loved for his compassion and endless aid of suffering Romans. In his death, he became a saint – the Patron Saint of Lovers.
Can you guess which country on the list below DOES NOT celebrate Valentine’s Day?
No looking it up! Just take a wild stab at it! 😛
See the answer in my Happy Valentine’s Day post!
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