It should be said quite clearly that there’s no definitive history available for the person known as “St. Valentine.” Today is, of course, the day we celebrate in his honor, whoever he was. “Valentine” was, once-upon-a-time, a very popular name for men, since its root word is “Valor.”
Archeologists have, in fact, uncovered a shrine to St. Valentine in the netherlayers of ancient Rome. So, that lends credence to the idea that, whoever he was, he was a real guy.
But here’s something interesting. Among the many St. Valentine legends is one that tells how he secretly married couples who had been forbidden to marry by Emperor Claudius II of Rome.
For this, he was apparently beheaded by the Emperor, but beloved by the Christians of his day.
Sooo… to review….
Defying the marriage law of his day –marrying couples who were in love and desired to be wed but could not under the laws of the state– is how he got remembered with reverence, and eventually becomes a Saint.
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