Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 14th - A Day For Lovers - Was It Really?

Most of us partake in the festivities of Valentine's Day aka St. Valentine's Day from the usual gifts of candy and flowers to some wonderful romantic dinners, dancing and a movie.  In reality the day in history is not romantic at all......

It is reported that St. Valentine was a kind Roman Priest who married young couples against the wishes of the Emperor Claudius ll.  The Emperor ordered the Priest beheaded - reportedly done on February 14th possibly in the year 270??

The following is described in the Catholic Encylopedia - "At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February." Two of these men lived in the third century A.D., one being the bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the other a priest of Rome. (Some speculate that these two figures were actually the same man.) Both seem to have been persecuted for their beliefs; the Roman priest reportedly was beaten and then beheaded on the orders of Emperor Claudius II, on or about the year 270. Follow the link to learn more.

Read more: Saint Valentine Biography (Saint/Holiday Figure) — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/biography/var/stvalentine.html#ixzz1lqTJzN3O

I wonder what I will see when I look up St. Patrick and what relation he may have to four leaf clovers.

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