Valentine's day
By Nicholas
Feb. 10, 2008


I guess it was inevitable that I would be asked in email this week to share my findings on the origin of Saint Valentines day. So, I figure now is as good a time as any, especially seeing how it's just around the corner. To be honest I wasn't very excited about the topic, but after digging into it's origin, it turns out to be rather upsetting, and quite exposing to say the least.

As some have already guessed, it does in fact have direct Roman Catholic ties.

Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Until 1969, the Catholic Church formally recognized eleven Valentine's Days. The Valentines honored on February 14 are:

  • Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae): He became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).

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The Catholic Encyclopedia speaks of a third Saint that no doubt spawned the modern day "holiday" we see on February 14. This was the day he was martyred for his faith in fact. Yes, Rome claims he was a Christian martyred for his "Catholic" faith, however the truth of the matter is he was a Christian killed for His Christian faith by Rome itself. In fact, all the 500 million people killed by Rome were Christians. Rome claims many of them as Catholic saints to help bolster their image, and at the same time desecrate their graves. Truth of the matter is, legend has it that the man martyred by Rome was killed because he was helping Christians escape the harsh Roman prisons.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

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Getting back to the date of Valentine's death being February 14. Turns out the day was hijacked by Rome and given to the one titled, "Valentine of Rome" above in the online encyclopedia.

Valentine of Rome:

Priest in Rome, possibly a bishop. Physician. Imprisoned for giving aid to martyrs in prison, and while there converted the jailer by restoring sight to the jailer's daughter. While Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Rome sometimes have separate entries in martyrologies and biographies, most scholars believe they are the same person.
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Turns out there are many rituals associated with February 14 and "lovers" due to Pagan beliefs. Everything from the belief that birds seek out their mates on February 14 each year, to pinning bay leaves to ones pillow on the eve of Valentines day so as to generate erotic dreams of ones future mate. In essence, in true Roman Catholic character, this day of celebration is all about sex! To further confirm their problem in this area, a Detroit Catholic college (Marygrove college) was exposed back in February of 2002 for having a dance on Campus on Valentines day, but it was specifically set up for homosexual couples only! Those that come against the Protestant faith always claim we are confused and unable to agree on doctrinal issues. Yet, I have yet to see a single Catholic church or college that agrees with the Vatican. Case in point, the Vatican "claims" to speak out against homosexuality. Yet here we see this college pandering to their every need.

Roman Roots:

The history of Valentine's Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day.

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As a Christian, I cannot condone such a day as being acceptable unto our Christian God. It glorifies Roman tradition, sex, and even homosexuality. Not to mention the over one billion dollars in unhealthy candy sales on this day alone. Truth be known, this following of Rome's lead yet again illustrates how "all the world wonders after the beast." (Rev. 13:3)

So there you have it. You asked for it. These are my findings. Keep in mind I didn't write the history books or encyclopedias where I gleaned this data. When you make your decision for or against by what I have complied here, understand it's not my opinion that I share to convince you. It's the facts regarding the origin of this day most lovers claim to be special for them. It was a day Christians were torturously murdered for the same faith you as a Christian claim as your own. If it was you or a loved one martyred on this day in History, would you want your martyrdom to be remembered in this way!?

I guess the perfect depiction of true Roman Catholic form for Saint Valentines day in modern times would have to be what my grandfather eye-witnessed in the Winter of 1929 when four of Al Capone's gangsters dressed as policemen massacred five of their rivals led by gangster Bugs Moran in a garage owned by the SMC Cartage Company in a Northside Chicago neighborhood. It was forever tagged "The Saint Valentines day massacre."

The next time someone says "Happy Valentine's day" you will now know how deceptive Rome can be. To them it is a "happy day" when a Christian dies at their hands. In fact, the Inquisitions called each day they would kill a Christian a "celebration." To this day, Rome calls their weekly mass gathering in their churches a "celebration." But in that mass they kill Christ over and over again as a way to try and convince themselves He's dead. They're wrong. Dead wrong.

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