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. Continue reading