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Stop talking about Saint Valentine being beheaded. There's more to the story!

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For Valentine's Day (or the Feast of Saint Valentine), here is the inspiring story of St. Valentine (Valentinus), the Roman priest and doctor who defied the Emperor Clausius II who had prohibited all marriages because Claudius wanted unmarried men to fight his wars. Valentine was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians who were being persecuted.
Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies. Ironically enough, after his arrest Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- and offered to pardon him if he would renounce his Christian faith. Refusing to do so, the priest was condemned to death. One of the men who was his jailer at the time was a man called Asterius, who's daughter Julia was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl, restoring her sight, with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.
In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three-part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally on February 14, 270, decapitation outside the Flaminian Gate. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius's daughter. He inspired today's romantic missives and cards on the St. Valentine's feast day by signing it, "From your Valentine."
Circa AD 496, Pope Gelasius declared 14 February to be St Valentine's Day, a Christian feast day, and the first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love was in "Parlement of Foules" (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.
For Valentine's Day (or the Feast of Saint Valentine), here is the inspiring story of St. Valentine (Valentinus), the Roman priest and doctor who defied the Emperor Clausius II who had prohibited all marriages because Claudius wanted unmarried men to fight his wars. Valentine was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians who were being persecuted.

Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies. Ironically enough, after his arrest Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- and offered to pardon him if he would renounce his Christian faith. Refusing to do so, the priest was condemned to death. One of the men who was his jailer at the time was a man called Asterius, who's daughter Julia was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl, restoring her sight, with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three-part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally on February 14, 270, decapitation outside the Flaminian Gate. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius's daughter. He inspired today's romantic missives and cards on the St. Valentine's feast day by signing it, "From your Valentine."

Circa AD 496, Pope Gelasius declared 14 February to be St Valentine's Day, a Christian feast day, and the first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love was in "Parlement of Foules" (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer.


***Its about a man who believed in love and marriage and got killed for it. So now we celebrate his sacrifice.***
Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 15, 2013 at 1:34 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 15, 2013 at 2:19 AM
ohkay
AlekD
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 2:21 AM

St. Valentine, Ora Pro Nobis. :)

I think there are a couple different accounts of his life though. He's a pretty obscure saint, to be honest.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM
Yep.
Sekirei
by LoKitty on Feb. 15, 2013 at 2:24 AM
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I don't celebrate... 

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