The martyr day of Saint Valentine was celebrated as Valentine's Day and this custom was started by Pope Gelasius in 496 AD.
St. Valentine, as he is known to the world, invited the wrath of the Roman Emperor Claudius II.
This Emperor had a peculiar concept of love, he felt that marriage and love made reluctant soldiers. This made him pass a decree that young men should not indulge in marriage. But with St. Valentine around what was the need to heed such atrocious orders?
Young couples were married clandestinely, and the going was smooth as long as the Emperor had no wind of what was going on right under his nose. But once he realized what was happening, St. Valentine had no escape from the cruel clutches of the Emperor. He was thrown in to a dungeon, clubbed and then beheaded around 270 BC.
From Saint Valentine biography: It is noted that the priest himself tasted love on eve of his death. While in jail, the jailors daughter developed tender emotions for him and received a note signed, "from your Valentine." It is exceedingly heart warming that the practice of celebrating love has been passed down from one century to another.
A beautiful poem that speaks of love not just for my dear husband but for each of those precious people in my life:
For showing that we care,
And if we read the Bible,
God describes love there:
From heaven up above,
All our words mean nothing
If we don’t have Christian love.
It doesn’t brag or boast;
Love conquers pride and envy;
It is never self-engrossed.
Forgiveness counters wrong;
Love stays away from evil;
It sings a truthful song.
It always perseveres;
Love never fails; It’s faithful;
To the Bible it adheres.
To your special Valentine,
You’ll be loving right in harmony
With God’s own sweet design.
and for my very own love :
Not just on Valentine’s Day;
I cherish you when flowers of spring
Appear in the midst of May.
When the air is filled with heat;
Without you in my life each day,
I wouldn’t be complete.
When leaves are turning gold;
I loved you when you were younger;
I’ll love you when you’re old.
When colder days are here;
I love you, love you all the time,
Every minute of the year.
But I want to let you know,
It’s not just today, but always,
That I will love you so.
Blessings to you and your homes,