What is the story behind Valentine’s Day?
There are many stories behind the history of Valentine’s Day that are shrouded in mystery. The month of February has been known and celebrated for centuries as the month of romance.
St. Valentine’s Day as we now know it today, contains remnants of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions and the question still remains “Who was Saint Valentine and why do we associate him with this day of romance?”
One story suggests that Valentine’s Day began back in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a very humble Christian Martyr. That emperor was known as Claudius II and the Christian was known as Valentinus.
The Emperor Claudius did not allow people to associate with Christians, the penalty of this crime was death. Valentinus was very dedicated to the ideals of Christ and was not afraid of death because of his beliefs. He was therefore arrested and sentenced to jail.
A few weeks prior to his death, one of the jailers asked if he could bring his daughter in to get some lessons from Valentinus. This girl had been blind from birth, was very pretty and intelligent.
Valentinus would read stories to Julia about the history of Rome; describe the beauty of nature and of God. Julia saw the world through his eyes and found much comfort in his inner quiet strength.
One day Julia asked Valentinus whether God really heard our prayers. Valentinus replied, “Yes, my child, he hears every single one”
Julia responded to Valentinus and said, “I pray morning and night that I might see everything that you have described to me”.
Valentinus told Julia that God does what is best for us if only we would believe in him. She did believe, she grasped his hand and they prayed together.
All of a sudden there was a bright and brilliant light in the prison cell. Julia screamed and said “Valentinus, I can see, I can see!”
On the eve of his death, he wrote a note to Julia to stay close to God. It was signed “From your Valentine”.
His sentence was carried out the next day, 14 February 270AD.
Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave as a symbol of love and friendship.
Each year on 14 February, known as Saint Valentine’s Day we share messages of affection, love, and devotion.
Who is your special valentine?
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