"From Your Valentine" Origins Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments
On February 14 in the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.
Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because they did not want to leave their girlfriends, wives and families.
To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome.
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. Valentine was arrested, condemned, beaten, and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14th.
The morning of his execution, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”
For his great service, the priest Valentine was named a saint after his death and February 14th has become a date for exchanging love messages, poems and gifts of affection.
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