Following with my trend this week I'm continuing on with my Valentine's Day posts. Have you ever looked up why we celebrate Valentine's day? I thought today would be a great day to see how it all began and share it with you.
Early Christian martyrs were named Valentine but it originated from Valentinus of Rome.
This over commercialized holiday began in Rome by a saint names Valentinus. The most popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for helping solider's marry ~ that were forbidden to marry. He was also charged for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. While in prison it is said that he healed the jailers daughter and would later sign his final letter before being hung as 'Your Valentine'.
While Saint Valentine's day is a 'feast day' for the Anglican communion, as well as the Lutheran Church. It is believed that Geoffrey Chaucer started the flourish of courtly love in the high middle ages. In the 18th century, in England, it involved into an expression in which lovers presentend flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.
There is a great deal more on more martyrs that were named "Valentines" in Rome; Dublin, Ireland; Europe and Africa. The 14th of Feb is celebrated as St Valentines day in various Christian denomoninations because it is said that it has 'rank' over all other Saints in the Calendar of Saints. it is also said that Saint Valentine was bureid in the Via Flaminia on Feb 14th and the feast day is till celebrated in Balzan (Malta)