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Where did Valentine's Day come from?

In 270 A.D. Emperor Claudius had issued an edict forbidding marriage because believed that married men made poor soldiers, not wanting to leave their families to go to battle. Valentine, bishop of Interamna, disagreed with the emperor and invited young lovers to come to him in secret to be married. When Claudius found that he was performing secret marriage ceremonies, he was incensed. He had Valentine seized and brought before him. When Valentine refused to change his views and renounce Christianity, he was put in prison to await execution. In February of 270, Valentine was clubbed, stoned, and then beheaded.
Tradition tells us that while Valentine was in prison he corresponded with those under his care by sending little letters and love notes to those in his parish. It is also believed that while he was in prison the bishop fell in love with the blind daughter of the jailer, Asterius and that God enabled him to miraculously restore her sight. Tradition tells us that his farewell message to her contained a closing that transcended time: “From Your Valentine”.

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evileve ══╣╠══
beautiful story.
belenen ══╣mysterious╠══
tragedy and beauty fit so well together in this world...
maladroitkat ══╣╠══
I think I read that exact same summary of Valentine's day. The history of the day is kind of cute.
belenen ══╣giggling╠══
yeah, especially the roman holiday lottery thing that made the Catholic church come up with it. ;-) Quite amusing.
ex_alariya46 ══╣╠══
Happy V-Day my Bel!
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
same to you, Ashy-dear!
lorelei_sakti ══╣╠══
That's so beautiful. I'm going to e-mail that story to my friends. (I'll give you credit, of course.)
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
no need to credit me -- I didn't write it, just found it via google.
thesaj ══╣╠══
aww.....i'm in it...

belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
nod nod. ;-)
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aubkabob ══╣╠══
aww, the story gave me a lump in my throat... :)
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
If I had known the history of Valentine's Day I'd probably have cared more about it... at this point learning it didn't really change my viewpoint much. Now if they decided that the official colors of Valentine's Day were purple and lavender, rather than red and pink, I'd adore it regardless of origin.
aubkabob ══╣╠══
ha ha, me, too. i think that's another reason why i love halloween so much, because dark purple is one of the honorary colors.
toadiedeogre ══╣╠══
(pout) Why am I not in there? :(

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