Saint Valentine historical trivia
Jan14

Saint Valentine historical trivia

One month to go until Valentine’s Day, the day of red roses and romance, albeit with overpriced dinners and crowds of fellow canoodlers. Leading up to the big day for couples, lets look a some of the historical trivia of Saint Valentine himself, or selves, that may not come to mind when you think of the day of lovers. Also once you’ve read these, you might rethink running with the Valentine’s Day crowds next month and consider starting your very own tradition. 1. The St. Valentine who inspired the holiday may have been two different men. Officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, St. Valentine is known to be a real person who died around A.D. 270. However, his true identity was questioned as early as A.D. 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to the martyr and his acts as “being known only to God.” One account from the 1400s describes Valentine as a temple priest who was beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed. A different account claims Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, also martyred by Claudius II on the outskirts of Rome. Because of the similarities of these accounts, it’s thought they may refer to the same person. Enough confusion surrounds the true identity of St. Valentine that the Catholic Church discontinued liturgical veneration of him in 1969, though his name remains on its list of officially recognized saints. 2. In all, there are about a...

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