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We LOVE St. Valentine's day!
A few things you might not know about St Valentine's day...
Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on the 14th February each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.
St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
The Origin of St. Valentine:
The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a The Nuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493.
Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they're expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."
St. Valentine was a priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.
So, now that you know all that... here are some ideas on how to make St. Valentine's day special -
1. Buy a big melon, carve out "I love you" on it, and put it on the top shelf in the refrigerator, where she'll certainly see your (healthy) gift.
2. Buy new white linen sheets and purchase two-inch adhesive-backed felt letters. Make the bed with the new sheets, and stick the following message on the top sheet: "You're the only one that I dream of waking up with -- I love you!"
3. Purchase a large bar of soap and carve it into a heart shape. Place it in the shower soap tray with a note: "Everything about my love for you is so pure -- can I share this soap with you?"
4. Buy a Crayola washable window writer and write; "I love you" on the odometer glass of her car.
5. Get a white helium balloon and write on it with a Magic Marker: "Thank you for being in my life to love." Put it in the clothes closet or somewhere where she'll see it when she gets up in the morning.
6. Purchase a washable red Magic Marker (not the permanent kind). Write on several of the shower tiles (up high and down low) the words, "I love every part of you."
7. Make her an omelette for breakfast. On the top, spell out "I Love You" with thin slices of red pepper.
8. If there's snow on the ground, buy some red food coloring and draw a big heart in a snow mound. Add the words "I love you" in the middle. Find an excuse to get her outside to see your work!
9. Buy some small self-adhering letters. Spell out, "There's not enough time in a day to spend with you" on the face of the kitchen clock.
10. Purchase a custom-made temporary tattoo (easily found online) with your loved-one's name placed in a heart. Wear it on your forearm or the back of your hand for the whole the day.