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What's the Deal with St. Valentines Day?
Everything you wanted to know about St. Valentine's Day but didn't really care enough to ask
Who thought up St. Valentine's Day?
That's actually a very good question, because absolutely nobody really knows who thought up St. Valentine's Day for sure
Fact is, there have been quite a few St. Valentines' - so actually, St. Valentine's Day is in honor of ALL of them
When St. Valentine's Day was created, it had nothing to do with romantic love
It wasn't until the middle ages that romantic love was associated with St. Valentine's Day. Great authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 - 1400) connected St. Valentine's Day with romantic love in his writings. St. Valentine's Day is the day you express your true feelings for someone by way of flowers, candy and the "not-so popular" handwritten notes (these notes are considered to be called "valentines"). However, mass-produced cards have taken the number one spot in Valentine's Day gifts.
The Saint some MOST Consider
There is one saint in particular that the Bishop Demetri of the Orthodox Research Institute consider the saint that St. Valentine's Day was intended for.
This St. Valentine was priest that lived near Rome around 270 AD. This was a terrible time when the Church was being persecuted greatly. During this time, the Roman Empire outlawed the practice of marriage, but St. Valentine performed the Catholic ritual underground for young couples who truly believed the sanction of marriage.
St. Valentine would even perform these Christian rituals in private for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry. St. Valentine honored the love for those they had on one another and this may be the reason this St. Valentine is the reason we honor St. Valentine's Day.
However, Roman law eventually caught up with St. Valentine and was interrogated by Emperor Claudius II. Christians were usually punished by torture and then forced to convert to Paganism, and then still most of the time then get put to death after the convicted Christian has converted over. So it didn't matter if you did or not (most of the time), you were going to get put to death anyway.
St. Valentine was offered a similar deal, but St. Valentine did NOT convert, he stood his ground. In fact, he tried converting Claudius over to Christianity during St. Valentine's interrogation.
For this, he was put to death immediately.
Before his death, a jailer wanted it to be known that St. Valentine performed a miracle. This jailer claimed that St. Valentine placed his hands on his blind daughter which then enabled her to see. This had no effect on Claudius and the execution was performed.