Who was St Valentine?


And why do we associate St Valentine with romantic love?

St Valentine of Rome lived in the 3rd century AD and was a Christian martyr. The story goes that he was executed on the 14 February for two reasons: because he married young Christian couples and because he converted others to Christianity at a time when the Roman Emperor Claudius outlawed both.

It is said that during his last days, while imprisoned, the jailer asked if Valentine would give lessons to his blind daughter Julia. He told her stories, taught her about Nature, arithmetic and God, and as a result she developed trust and faith. They often prayed together, and during one prayer session Julia regained her sight.

On the eve of his martyrdom, he wrote to her, urging her to stay close to God, and signed the letter, “From your Valentine.” Julia is said to have planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. …

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