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Love is in the air!

Thursday, January 28, 2010 

Posted by Crista Sellman-Jones  Love.  While it may not be what makes the world go around, it is what makes the ride worthwhile.  Millions of people will celebrate their love for one another on February 14th, all in the name of St. Valentine.  For the benefit of those who may be wondering who St. Valentine is, and why we celebrate him in February, I decided to offer a brief synopsis of the Valentine’s legend.  For all its popularity, history doesn’t give us any guarantees as to the true origin of St. Valentine’s Day.  The holiday remains based on legend and shrouded in mystery, containing vestiges from both Christianity and ancient Roman tradition. 

So, who was St. Valentine, and why is he associated with love and romance? Today, the Catholic Church actually recognizes at least three different saints referred to as Valentine or Valentinus.  Of these, the most likely celebrated on February 14th was a priest that was serving during the third century in Rome.  Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage for young men, contending that single men were much better soldiers than men with wives and children to worry about.  Valentine, realizing the injustice of this law, had defied Emperor Claudius II by performing marriages for young soldiers in secret.  Once Valentine’s secret marriage ceremonies were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.  According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine letter” to a young girl (possibly his jailor’s daughter) that he fell in love with while in prison.  Before he was put to death, he allegedly wrote this letter and signed it “From your Valentine,” a phrase we still use today.  Though there are many variations to the legend of St. Valentine, he is revered as a compassionate, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. 

The other association between mid February and romance goes back to a pagan fertility festival known as Lupercalia, honoring Faunus and the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.  The festivities that took place on February 15th began with an animal sacrifice, and then both women and fields of crops were slapped with strips of goat hide soaked in sacrificial blood.  The Roman women welcomed this ritual as it was thought to bring them (and the field crops) fertility in the coming year. Later in the day, the single men would draw a woman’s name out of an urn in a “lottery” type of match-making.  Though many of these matches resulted in marriage, this Roman “lottery” system of romantic pairing was later deemed un-Christian and outlawed.  Some say that Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day in an effort to “Christianize” the celebrations of this pagan Lupercalia festival.  Another association with mid-February and romance occurred later during the Middle Ages, when it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season.    (Source: The History Channel, www.history.com, The History of Valentine’s Day)

How will you choose to honor your Valentine this year?  We would love to hear your romantic ideas!




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