Love is in the Air? How about Love and Caring — Commemoration of St. Valentine, Martyr

A physician and priest living in Rome during the rule of the Emperor Claudius, Valentine become one of the noted martyrs of the third century. The commemoration of his death, which occurred in the year 270, became part of the calendar of remembrance in the early church of the West.   Tradition suggests that on the day of his execution for his Christian faith, he left a note of encouragement for a child of his jailer written on an irregularly-shaped piece of paper.   This greeting became a pattern for millions of written expressions of love and caring that now are the highlight of Valentine’s Day in many nations.  See LCMS Commemoration Biographies.

Val entine was also said to have been arrested for aiding persecuted Christians in the Third Century which included marrying young Christian couples.  Tradition holdsthat Valentine was executed on February 14.  See Catholic Online for more information, which, by the way, is the source for the Saint Fun Facts above.

This Valentine’s Day, do a little more than just kiss your husband or wife — show someone you care for their wellbeing and do something nice — a random act of kindness!

 

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Posted on February 13, 2011, in Commemoration of Saints and Church Figures. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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