Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Fumiko Takahashi, iElizabeth Weeks-Rowe, iMiller Caldwell, iA. Colin Wright, iKathryn Perry, iIan Thorpe, iJohn DeDakis, i

  Home > Holidays > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Linda E Allen

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· 74 Titles
· 21 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Jun, 2007

Linda E Allen, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
Necessary Evil
by Aaron Cole

A lesson to the Catholic Church..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Books by Linda E Allen

A Priest, A Prisoner and A Prayer - The Story of Saint Valentine
by Linda E Allen   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Friday, January 31, 2014
Posted: Monday, February 01, 2010

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Linda E Allen

Cross Timbers of the Cross
Daffodil - Narcissus - Jonquil: Which is which and why?
Consider the Lily
How to Grow a Green Thumb
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Rosemary - or the Rose of Mary?
The Rose - Queen of All Flowers
           >> View all

Are the Romans respnsible for the romance in St. Valentine's Day? Quite possibly so - but in a way that does not reflect our usual romantic thoughts and traditions.


Are the Romans responsible for the romance in St. Valentine’s Day? Quite possibly so ~ but in a way that does not reflect our usual romantic thoughts and traditions of kisses, candy and flower. While the Romans can be credited with contributing to our ideas of romance with the antics of the cherubic Cupid, the actual legend of St. Valentine involves a priest, a prison cell and a prayer.
The origin of St. Valentine’s Day is part of Roman history and legend. It begins in the third century under the reign of Claudius II, aka Claudius the Cruel because of his oppressive rule. He seems to have been a joyless personality who banned engagements and marriages in order to strengthen and enlarge his army. He ordered all Romans to worship his chosen gods and decreed death to anyone who associated with the Christians.
Valentinus, a priest, however, quietly defied the emperor. He continued to practice his Christian beliefs and to marry couples in secret. Eventually, his activities were discovered, and he was sentenced to death.
During his imprisonment, the jailer noticed that Valentinus was an educated man. He wanted his daughter who had been blind from birth to benefit from Valentinus’ knowledge and experience of the world. During the last few weeks of his life, the young girl, Julia, visited Valentinus daily to learn such practical matters as arithmetic and language along with his deep faith in God.  They often went for nature walks where they plucked the colorful crocus flowers to give to Julia's father.
One day, Julia told Valentinus she prayed daily that she might regain her sight so she could see the world he had described to her.   Valentinus assured her that God heard and honored all prayers.  He told her that whatever happened would be God's will for her life and would be for the best.
On the eve of his death, Valentinus composed a special message to Julia thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. He encouraged her to maintain her faith in God. He signed his note, “From your Valentine.”
He gave the note to the jailer to deliver to Julia.  When she opened it, a bright, yellow crocus dropped into her hand, a reminder of their time together.  Her eyes turned down to the delicate flower, and she saw its brilliant color for the first time in her life.   Her blindness had been cured!
Valentinus' death sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 AD.  As a memorial to her friend and mentor, Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.  In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared the day of Valentinus' death St. Valentine's Day.  It has been celebrated ever since with exchanges of flowers, gifts and messages of love. 
Happy Valentine's Day!



Web Site: Retro-Eco

Reader Reviews for "A Priest, A Prisoner and A Prayer - The Story of Saint Valentine"

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by Susan Smith 2/10/2010
What a marvellous true story behind the Holiday! Thanks for sharing!
Popular Holidays Articles
  1. The Cycle of Yuletide
  2. Another Informative Yet Unnecessary Heavin
  3. Christmas Past in War and Peace
  4. How Do I Love Thee
  5. Christmas; Past and Present
  6. Happy Blessed New Year 2015 !
  7. Christmas Flash Mob: USAF
  8. Halloween Fright, Flight, Fight
  9. Merry Christmas Everybody
  10. Who Would Have Thought...?(A Christmas Sea

The Climbing Boy by Mark Lichterman

Once optioned for a movie, now on Kindle also, "The Climbing Boy" is a magical Christmas tale that deserves to become a new Dickens like classic. The Climbing Boy can now..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

TOBOGGAN WAX by Hank LeGrand

TOBOGGAN WAX is a story about a young orphaned boy named, Eric. He goes to live with his uncle at his secluded mountain cabin. Snow lay on the ground almost year round up in the va..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.