Happy Valentine’s Day!
Tim bought me my favorites…beautiful carnations. They are so colorful and last much longer than roses. 🙂
The story of Valentine’s Day….
While Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world, in most counties it is not a holiday.
There were many early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The Valentines we honor are the Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni.
Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome. He was martyred around 496 A.D. His flower crowned skull is exhibited in the Basilica of St. Maria in Cosmedin, Rome.
Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna around 197 A.D. He is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. His relics are at Terni’s Basilica of St Valentine.
St. Valentine was persecuted as a Christian, and he was interrogated by the Roman Emperor Claudius II. Valentine refused to convert to Roman paganism. He tried to convert the Emperor to Christianity and was executed. The records say that before he was executed he performed a miracle healing of Julia, his jailer Asterius’s blind daughter. The family and household came to believe in Jesus and were baptised. The night before his execution he wrote the first “valentine” card himself to Julia who was no longer blind. He signed it “Your Valentine”. Julia planted a pink blossomed almond tree near Valentine’s grave. The tree still remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.
It is believed that St. Valentine wore an amethyst ring. This was customarily worn by Christian bishops. It had an image of cupid engraved in it. Roman soldiers would recognize the ring, and they would ask him to perform their marriages. This is believed to be the reason the amethyst is February’s birthstone. Amethyst is believed to attract love. (I personally love amethysts!)
Sending cards, flowers, candy and other special gifts started in the UK. Approximately 190 million Valentines are sent yearly in the US.
I hope you have a nice Valentine’s Day!
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