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Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. Pope Julius I is said to have built a church near Ponte Mole to his memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly, Porta Valetini. The greatest part of his relics are now in the church of St. Praxedes. His name is celebrated as that of an illustrious martyr in the sacramentary of St. Gregory, the Roman Missal of Thomasius, in the calendar of F. Fronto and that of Allatius, in Bede, Usuard, Ado, Notker and all other martyrologies on this day. To abolish the heathens lewd superstitious custom of boys drawing the names of girls, in honor of their goddess Februata Juno, on the fifteenth of this month, several zealous pastors substituted the names of saints in billets given on this day.
The Origin of St. Valentine
The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a The Nuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493. [Additional evidence that Valentine was a real person: archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine.] Alongside a woodcut portrait of him, text states that Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor -- whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269].
Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they're expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."
St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.
Valentine's Day quotes can serve as inspiration as you pen messages for loved ones this Valentine's Day 2010.
Whether you prefer to share these Valentine's Day quotes in their current form, or make them a bit more personal, they're sure to be useful.
We collected the best 25 Valentine's Day sayings we could find. Feel free to share them or use them in any way to spread the love.
"Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life." -Aphra Behn
"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." -Dr. Seuss
"Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." -Robert Heinlein
"The art of love... is largely the art of persistence." -Albert Ellis
"For you see, each day I love you more, today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow." -Rosemonde Gerard
"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." -Judy Garland
"If I could be anything in the world I would want to be a teardrop because I would be born in your eyes, live on your cheeks, and die on your lips." -Author Unknown
"Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence." -Vincent van Gogh
"A life without love is like a year without summer." -Swedish Proverb
"Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear." -John Lennon
"A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves." -Ralph W. Sockman
"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end." -Author Unknown
"Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever." -Author Unknown
"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart." -Author Unknown
"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs." -William Shakespeare
"Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning." -Author Unknown
"The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along." -Jalal ad-Din Rumi
"Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved." -Victor Hugo
"Love is the only gold." -Lord Alfred Tennyson
"To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven." -Karen Sunde
"Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!" -Thomas Hood
"When love is not madness, it is not love." -Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." -Albert Einstein
"Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee." -English saying used on poesy rings
"Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery