Much like love itself, St. Valentine and his reputation as the patron saint of love are not matters of verifiable history, but of faith. Lisa Bitel, Professor of History and Religion
Today, in the United States and England, people are celebrating Valentine’s Day, known as the day of love. However, Valentine’s Day began as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. St. Valentine wasn’t a patron of love. In fact, there were several Valentinus saints over the years, none of whom were particularly romantic.
According to historians, the romance part started with Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales who wrote about birds mating in February. Soon, nature-minded European nobility began sending love notes during bird-mating season. Industrialization took over by mass-producing cards and then Hersey and Cadbury stepped into the picture. And, as they say, the rest is history—or not.
Affirmation: I celebrate love.
Coaching question: How do you handle things that aren’t as they seem?
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Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. Yes, more favorite than even Christmas.
When I was little we always had dinner with my parents’ best friends on Valentine’s Day . In the middle of dinner the doorbell would ring and one of the kids would answer it. There would be a bag of sweets on the porch — doughnuts, buns, cookies — not candy. It was from St. Valentine.
I have no clue as to the history of this but it was SO exciting and (of course we were just little kids) totally a surprise.
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What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing. Offsets the decapitation. Hope you have a delightful day.