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ST. VALENTINE

A link roundup about the day and why it’s noteworthy:

Dot-Red-Heart.gif From New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia:

St. Valentine

At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city. In William of Malmesbury’s time what was known to the ancients as the Flaminian Gate of Rome and is now the Porta del Popolo, was called the Gate of St. Valentine. The name seems to have been taken from a small church dedicated to the saint which was in the immediate neighborhood. Of both these St. Valentines some sort of Acta are preserved but they are of relatively late date and of no historical value. Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.

Saint Valentine’s Day

The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens. Both the French and English literatures of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries contain allusions to the practice. (Read More…)

Dot-Red-Heart.gif Valentine of Rome (Bishop described in the above).

Dot-Red-Heart.gif Shrine of St. Valentine, Whitefriar Street Church (Ireland) and (scroll) The Legend of Saint Valentine

Dot-Red-Heart.gif St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr, Feast Day, February 14th (a theological statement about the day’s significance)

Dot-Red-Heart.gif Liturgy for the Feats of St. Valentine


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