St. Valentine - The Untold Story

Happy Saint Valentine's Day 

Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome,  is a saint of the Roman Empire and was widely associated with "courtly love". He is the Patron saint of affianced couples, against fainting beekeepers, happy marriages, love, plague, epilepsy. 


Although much of St. Valentine's life is not known, many different legends are attributed to him. At a point in his life,  he was told to restore a judges blind daughter's sight to prove the validity of Jesus and Valentine did just that. 


St. Valentine was later arrested for trying to convert people to Christianity and was sent to Rome under the emperor Claudius II. Rumor has it that he was arrested for marrying Christians and helping Christians that were being persecuted by the Roman emperor.


Valentine and Emperor Claudius became very close to an extent that St. Valentine wanted to convert the emperor to Christianity. It got the emperor so angry that he ordered his arrest and he was sentenced to death, but was offered a chance to live only if he denounce Christianity, which he refused and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14 269.

Historical accounts claim Valentine's Day was created to replace the pagan holiday, Lupercalia, since the holiday was also associated with romance. 


Saint Valentine's Day is a official feast day in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church. Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrate Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (Modern Tern in Italy).

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