Who was St. Valentine?

 

We all know the contemporary and cultural references for Valentine’s Day. But do we know the origins?

St. Valentine is a 3rd-century Roman saint. He is commemorated on February 14 as that was the date of his execution in 269 A.D.

Different church traditions recognize or do not recognize Valentine. But who was he?

As the story is told in at least one version, Valintinus was arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christian couples in a time in the Roman Empire when helping Christians was considered a crime. Other stories say that he defied the order of the emperor and secretly married couples so that husbands wouldn’t have to go to war.

The celebration of St. Valentine’s Day also has many possible origins. In 14th Century England, Geoffrey Chaucer was among those whose writings associated February 14 with romantic love. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds paired in mid-February. This became associated with Valentine’s romance.

Just as St. Nicholas has morphed into the modern day versions of Santa Claus, St. Valentine probably never expected that he would be remembered with chocolates and flowers.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

Valentine’s Week: 10 Quotes About Love

This Wednesday, February 14, is Valentine’s Day. Across the nation and around the world people will be declaring their love. Whether romantic love, brotherly love, or a love for all, here are ten of our favorite quotes about love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a favorite quote or story about love? Share in the comments, or give a link back to your blog!

You have ONE week

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Christmas is one week from today. Are you ready?

We’ve given you gift suggestions for him and for her. We’ve told you how to
select your tree. We’ve been talking Christmas for days.

At some point you’re going to have to step up your game.

Or maybe you’re one of those over achievers who shops and wraps everything
before Labor Day, your tree is up well before Thanksgiving, your Christmas
dinner is planned, and all you’re waiting for is for guests to arrive.

All you have to do is pour another glass of eggnog and tune into your Favorite
Christmas Specials.

Much applause to you if you are. You are very likely in the minority.

For the rest of the world, brace yourself. You’re going to have to go shopping
tomorrow on the Saturday before Christmas. You can do it.

It’s Christmas. ┬áJust believe!