Saturday, February 12

Happy Valentine's Day

Most people celebrate St. Valentine’s with cards, candy, and flowers. However, February 14th was originally a feast day for St. Valentine.

But who was St. Valentine? There are actually three different men who went by the name Valentine. The most popular of the three was a priest who comforted persecuted Christians. He was martyred on February 14, 270.

There is less known about the other two Valentines. One was a bishop who was also beheaded under Emperor Claudius II; the third Valentine was martyred in Africa.

Later, various stories grew up around the devotion to St. Valentine, most notably that he helped Christian soldiers get married in spite of a law forbidding Roman soldiers from being married. This is one of the popular explanations for the feast day’s association with romantic love.

In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him. However, the church still recognizes him as a saint.

Regardless of the details of St. Valentine’s life, he was one of many Christians who valued Christ’s love even above their own lives. While it’s fun to celebrate friendship and romantic love on St. Valentine’s day, Christians believe that God’s selfless, generous, life-giving love is the standard by which all other forms of love are measured.

Activities to Celebrate Valentine's Day

  • Set aside time this weekend for everyone in your Church of the Home to write love letters and share what you love about the people closest to you.

  • Decorate the house with quotes about love from the Scriptures and from the saints, putting them on