Monday, February 14, 2011

St. Valentine's Day

Feast of St. Valentine

St. Valentine, whose relics are pictured below, was a Roman Catholic priest who, after having cured and instructed many persons, was beaten with clubs and beheaded in martyrdom for the Catholic Faith on February 14th, 270 A.D. That is why today is Saint Valentine's Day.

Relic of St. Valentine

The customs associated with Saint Valentine's Day had their origin in a popular belief in England and France during the Middle Ages that on February 14th -- half way through the second month of the year -- the birds began to pair. For this reason the day was looked upon as particularly suitable for writing romantic letters and sending tokens of affection between young people in love.

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