Valentine's Day Article
The Legend of St. Valentines Day!
The commemoration of St. Valentine on February 14 is derived from a blend of fact and fiction which has grown to mold modern tradition. Valentine was a holy priest in Rome who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs during their persecution under Claudius II. Apprehended, he was sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome where he refused to renounce his beliefs and was beaten with clubs and beheaded on February 14 in about the year 270 A.D. In his work among the people, Valentine is reported as a kindly, nature-loving man who made constant efforts to bring young couples together, resolving many of the problems of youth so they could meet the challenges of the world ahead of them. History also relates that people once believed that birds began to select mates on February 14. That day of the year was also dedicated to Juno, the wife of Jupiter, queen of heaven and goddess of light, beginnings, birth, women and marriage. In honor of Juno, a custom arose of boys drawing the names of girls on February 15. Considered a heathen's lewd superstition, zealous pastors substituted the names of saints in the drawing boxes. It is assumed that because of the proximity of St. Valentine's Day, his name appeared frequently on these substitute drawing cards. Thus, this practice has survived to the present day of the Valentine selecting of a special person, and the giving of flowers, cards and gifts. Over the years, the history and myth of St. Valentine have combined to bring us today's treasured customs. We hope everyone can develop this tradition in his or her own way to observe this special day of friendship and love.
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