Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just So You Know

In our modern zeal to celebrate everything and spur the economy while doing so, we often forget the origins of things. So - I did a little Googling and found this about Valentine's Day. Somehow we've exchanged "Happy" for "Saint" thus rendering the original intent of the day somewhat impotent, Vermont Teddy Bear commercials notwithstanding.

This is taken from the website Catholic Online. Let me know what you think. All red hearts, chocolates and flowers or something more?

The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a TheNuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493. [Additional evidence that Valentine was a real person: archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine.] Alongside a woodcut portrait of him, text states that Valentinus was a Roman priestmartyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christiancouples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor -- whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269].
Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they're expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."
St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.

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  1. Oh, the poor man! And so many responsibilities as a saint! At least in our modern way of celebrating Valentine's Day we do focus on LOVE. And St. Valentine certainly loved in a deep Christian way.

  2. Cindy, I'm always concerned that children will thing "holidays" are nothing more than days we've set aside to give each other presents. The history of our celebrations is so important. That being said, I do agree that celebrating Love is so important and if it makes people more loving for a day then that, too, is good.