St. Valentine’s Story
Who are you Saint Valentine?
February 14th is celebrated as Valentine’s Day in honor of Saint Valentine. Valentine was a priest in 3rd century Rome which was under the cruel rule of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers and he outlawed the marriage of young couples in the hope to build a strong army.
We have no idea where he got that idea from.
Claudius was also having a tough time getting young men to join his army. He suspected that men got too attached to their lovers or families.
So he said no marriage, join the army.
The bad boy Claudius II
Valentine thought this this was unfair and he chose to marry young couples secretly. One day, while marrying a young couple he was caught by soldiers and taken away. But the couple escaped. Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine’s actions and he had the priest put to death for going against his law.
Valentine died on February 14th, 279 AD
Another story says that Valentine, while in prison, fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first ‘valentine’ himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it ‘Your Valentine’.. That’s how Valentine greetings began to be signed. Even in jail many young people visited the romantic saint. They threw flowers and notes up into his window. They wanted him to know that they too believed in love, just as he did.
Feb 14th is a day where you express love and friendship and St. Valentine’s day is celebrated across the world by anyone who’s got a heart brimming with romance.
By the lovers, for the lovers, to the lovers. The story of love goes on , generation after generation after generation…