St. Valentine and Christian Tradition

St. Valentine and Christian Tradition

JAKARTA,  Gtpministries.org – Love Day or Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14. It is often wondered whether this celebration is really related to St. Valentinus, medieval bishop and martyr? Also, did the tradition of celebrating Love Day come from the Catholic Church?

 Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, it is believed that St. Valentinus lived in the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries AD. Historians are still unsure whether the celebration of St. The current Valentinus is based on one or two Christian martyrs executed by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus in around 270 AD.

Martyrs of Charity

Saint Valentinus (Italian: San Valentino) is a 3rd century saint, commemorated in the Catholic Church on February 14 and in the Eastern Orthodox Church on July 6.

 Since the Middle Ages, the Feast of St. Velentinus has been associated with the “day of love”. He is also the patron saint of epileptics, and beekeepers. Saint Valentine was a priest and bishop who lived during the Roman Empire. At that time, he served persecuted Christians. He was martyred and his body was buried on the Via Flaminia on 14 February. That day is then commemorated from time to time as Saint Valentine’s Day. This selection of dates dates back to at least the eighth century.

Tomb of St. Valentinus was originally in the Church of San Valentino in Rome before being moved to the Church of Santa Frances during the time of Pope Nicholas IV. Currently, the Relics of St. A flower-crowned Valentine is in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. Other religios are kept in the Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland. These churches are to this day popular places of pilgrimage, especially on Saint Valentine’s Day.

, for those looking for love. At least two different Saints are mentioned in early martyrologies.[9] For St. Valentine of Rome, along with St. Valentine of Terni, “summaries of the acts of these two saints exist in almost every church and monastery in Europe,” according to Professor Jack B. Oruch of the University of Kansas.[10]

According to legend, St. Valentinus was a priest and poet of the Church who helped Christians during the period of persecution in the Roman era. He especially helped couples getting married, an act that was considered an offense at the time. This heroic act is what caused St. Valentinus was imprisoned and then killed.

In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as the Feast of Saint Valentine. He established this warning to replace a pagan tradition relating to health and fertility. Over time, Saint Valentine’s Day has become a day to celebrate love.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill attribute the romantic love affair of Valentine’s Day to the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century poem, “Parliament of Foules,” tells the story of a flock of birds gathered on St. Patrick’s Day. Valentinus to find a partner. Until now, the Catholic Church still includes the name St. Valentinus on the list of martyrs.

Today, Valentine’s Day continues to be celebrated globally and has expanded beyond the walls of the Church. The Valentine’s Day tradition has become a universal expression of affection.

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