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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

There are so many theories concerning how Valentine's Day began that I don't believe anyone really knows. However the following seems to be the most popular explanation.

"In Rome, Emperor Claudius II was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Called 'Claudius The Cruel'he was having difficulty getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed the reason was that the men didn't want to leave their loves or families, so he cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome.

Saint Valentine, who as a Priest in Rome in the year 269 A.D., together with his friend Saint Marcus, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers, in secret.

When Valentine's actions were discovered, he was sentenced to be beaten to death with clubs and have his head cut off. But while in prison, it is believed that he fell in love with a young girl thought to be the jailer's daughter, who visited him during his confinement.

Before his death on February 14th, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed, "From Your Valentine."

In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14th to honor Saint Valentine."

Some believe that Valentine's Day is a pagan holiday. I believe every day belongs to my Creator and as Christian's we should celebrate every day for and with Him.

Jesus, My Valentine



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