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The story of St Valentine - a world of possibility
The story of St Valentine
This specific account of the story was written by Mark W. Merrill

Do you know the real behind Valentine's Day? It goes way beyond hearts, cards and cndy. It is a story of love, sacrifice and commitment.

In the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Claudius Gothicus. He was nicknamed "Claudius the Cruel" because of his harsh leadership and his tendency for getting into wars. In fact, he was in so many wars that he was having a difficult time recruiting soldiers.

Claudius believed that recruitment for the army was down because Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant.

But a simple Christian priest named Valentine came forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor's orders. In 269 AD, Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine thrown into prison and ordered him put to death.

As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl, who happened to be the jailer's daughter. On the eve of his execution, with no writing instruments available, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. The next day, Valentine was clubbed to death by Roman executioers.

He gave his life so that couples could be bonded together inholy matrimony. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit. Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine's self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually, he was granted sainthood and the Catholic church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked Feb. 14 because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds and doves) began to mate on that very day.

Interesting huh?

I hope everyone is well.

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the_end_effect From: the_end_effect Date: February 14th, 2002 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. Thanks for that. I knew the priest bit, but had never heard about the
blind girl or the reason for the date !

Made for interesting reading.

... I'd still rather have had a busty stripper jump out of a heart shaped cake for me, but there we go ...
moowazz From: moowazz Date: February 14th, 2002 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


Happy V-day Scotty Boy

the_end_effect From: the_end_effect Date: February 14th, 2002 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)


You too you moowy thing you !
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