Saint Valentine! I don't believe there is a single human being in the western world, who has never heard about this Saint and Martyr! He is the patron of Love, young people, affianced couples and happy Marriages.
His origin remains a mystery. What is known is that he was a holy priest in Rome and that he assisted the martyrs who suffered persecution under Claudius II, also known as Claudius the Goth.
Emperor Claudius II decided to outlaw marriage for young men. This was because he thought that single men could be better soldiers than those who had wives and families. Valentine realized that this decree was unjust and he continued marrying young couples in secret.
When his actions were discovered, he was taken prisoner and sent to the prefect in Rome, who ordered him to be beaten with clubs and to be beheaded. The prefect of Rome wanted him to give up his faith, something he of course denied, being a faithful Christian.
He was beheaded on February 14, about the year 270, outside the Flaminian Gate in Rome. His relics remain in the beautiful church of St. Praxedes in the same city.
Although his origin remains a mystery, he really existed. Archaeologists have indeed unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to this brave Christian. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D.
There are enough poems for St. Valentine's day, so I decided instead to put these verses of the book of Solomon to honor this great saint :
“My loved one said to me: Get up my love, my fair one, and come away. For, see, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers are come on the earth; the time of cutting the vines is come and the voice of the dove is sounding in our land. The fig-tree puts out her green fruit and the vines with their young fruit give a good smell. Get up from your bed, my beautiful one, and come away.” - Song of Solomon 2: 10-13.
Are you in love, or do you have e really dear friendship you want to honor? Giving a lovely heart locket pendant on the day of Saint Valentine would be a perfect gift idea.
The feast day of Saint Valentine is February 14th, of course.