Happy Valentines Day!


Happy Valentines Day!

Although there are many ways to celebrate Valentines day, I thought that I would share a post about the story behind valentines day to those who don’t already know.

St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D, a time when the church was enduring great persecution. His ministry was to help the Christians to escape this persecution of the Romans, and to provide them the sacraments, such as marriage, which was outlawed by the Roman Empire at that time. (The Roman Emperor Claudius II supposedly forbade this in order to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers) Saint Valentine is said to have been arrested for performing clandestine Christian weddings for the soldiers. According to legend, in order to “remind them of God’s love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians,” Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment, giving them to the soldiers and persecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on Saint Valentine’s Day.  During his imprisonment, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. The jailer’s daughter and his forty-four household members(family members and servants) came to believe in Jesus and were baptized.

Legend states that the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first “valentine” card himself, addressed to the daughter of his jailer Asterius, who was no longer blind, signing it “From Your Valentine.”

I found this story quite interesting, and hoped that you enjoyed a lil’ bit of history behind the holiday.

I only have one picture that I thought I’d use in this post, but here it is.

Love

Love

(This picture was not an original idea, I had seen many people do this and wanted to see if I could)

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About Wyatt VanDePol

Son, Brother, Nikon photographer, Beekeeper, Pianist, Artist, Coffee lover, Good book lover, Cross Country runner, and WordPress blogger.

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