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Happy St. Valentine's Day 2020!

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In Ancient Rome, when Claudius II was Emperor of Rome, he outlawed marriages stating that young men would make better Roman Soldiers than husbands. A Priest stood up for God and took a stand against the emperor's decree by performing underground marriages. His name was Valentine. He eventually got caught and was executed on February 14. Because of the nature of his execution, he was later venerated as a Martyr, and then canonized a Saint. The date of his execution became his Feast Day. Today, the Feast Day of Saint Valentine (February 14) is the most commercialized of all the Feast Days of the Saints.

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Cool story. It's probably not true, but it's cool nonetheless.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/st-valentine-beheaded

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In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February.” One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.

Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.

 

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