We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance.

St. Valentine’s Day

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DID YOU KNOW THAT

  • Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
  • Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

(Information from History.com)

Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance.

That’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right?

Well, maybe not…

The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all.

On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

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Not really that romantic huh?

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, the emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues.

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To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.

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The church thought that marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life and that it was to be encouraged. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

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When Valentine’s actions were discovered, he was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured.

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In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love.

In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.

Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts.

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Love Is In The Air – Angelic Love

Read more at http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

If Valentine were here today.

He would say to married couples —

That there comes a time where you’re going to have to suffer.

It’s not going to be easy to maintain your commitment and your vows in marriage.

Don’t be surprised if the ‘gushing’ love that you have for someone,

Changes to something less “gushing” but maybe much more mature.

And the question is,

Is that young person ready for that?

~ Father Frank O’Gara 

Before ending this post, I would like to share with you lovely souls one of my favourite love songs – Perfect Moment.

Have you already found that someone who can share all those PERFECT MOMENTS with you?

If yes, do spare sometime to think about what St Valentine would say if he were here today

AND

Get yourself ready for a wonderful commitment ahead!

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Have a fun and lovely day ahead!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~

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Credits: Some Pictures found in this post are downloaded from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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