Every February, 14, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
It’s a time to demonstrate how much affection you feel for that special someone in your life and let them know how much you care. It’s a reminder to that person that they are treasured and have made an impact on your life. St. Valentines Day as we celebrate today has remnants of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions.
According to some legends Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying his decree, which outlawed marriage for young men. Some legends have it that the Valentines Day originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity on Feb. 14, 269 A.D. Today the Roman Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine, all of whom were martyred. St. Valentine may have been imprisoned and later killed for helping Christians to escape harsh punishment in Roman prisons.
There is an interesting story portraying the love affair between St. Valentine and the jailor’s daughter. St. Valentine left a farewell note for her, the note read “from your Valentine”. Valentine’s Day is said to have started in the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses.
The Romans regarded her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the festival of Lupercalia, in honour of Lupercus, the hunter of wolves. Legends aside, the popularity of the Valentines Day rose manifold among the people and in tune with it Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine, the patron saint of love and romance.
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to ignite our existing relationship with romance, and love with an added dose of romance will result in a stronger, longer lasting and far more satisfying relationship.