posted by: Alan | on: Sunday, 14 February 2016, 17:44
The celebrations of St Valentine’s Day are steeped in myth and legend; indeed the motives behind the day’s creation and even the saint himself has been shrouded in controversy and doubt.
The first official St Valentine’s Day was declared on 14th of February by Pope Galasius in 496 A.D. It is believed that Valentine rose to prominence after betraying Emperor Claudius in 270 A.D. by conducting illicit wedding ceremonies in Rome. Emperor Claudius claimed that married men make poor soldiers and therefore all marriages between young citizens would be outlawed. Bishop Valentine, however, maintained that marriage was part of God’s plan. He continued to conduct marriages in secret between young people in the name of love.
His actions gained him unwelcome notoriety which became Bishop Valentine’s downfall. He was jailed ultimately beheaded and one legend tells us that before his execution fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and it is said that on the evening of his execution the Bishop passed her a note which read “from your Valentine”.
This story has blossomed into the defining tradition of St Valentine’s Day and it is without doubt a great commercial success as it is estimated that approximately one billion cards are sent each year making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. Alan Vine, Cathedral branch,
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