Monday, February 14, 2005

The Legend of St. Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day
Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.

When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers.

Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself.

While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement.

Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today.

More about The History of Valentine's Day.

Blogger The Tremulant Sings thinks I am a total genius.

Holy crap!! You have a picture of the Mooninites on your blog. I just burned a bunch of CDs, and THAT EXACT picture is what I used on the label.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 9:13:00 PM  

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