Thursday, 23 September 2021

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A History of Valentine's Day ~ A Valentine Thought...

In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.   In ancient Rome, the lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar and the two would then be partners for the duration of the festival.  Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year; often times, they would fall in love and would later marry.

How February 14th became known as Valentine’s Day is the subject of much debate.  Multiple legends abound.  Some believe that Valentine’s Day originated from a Roman, St. Valentine, who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries during the Feast of Lupercalia.  One legend holds that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, “Claudis the Cruel,” Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns.  Not surprisingly, Claudius was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues.  Emperor Claudius II felt that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families.  Therefore, he outlawed marriage for young men, his crop of potential soldiers.  St. Marius and St. Valentine, realized the injustice of the decree and defied Claudius.  They continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When St. Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius apprehended and dragged him before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.  He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, in approximately the year 270.  Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine."    Others suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.  

Later, because of works from Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare the holiday was romanticized eventually leading to the popularity of the celebration today in modern times.  Although the exact truth behind February 14th becoming Valentine’s Day is not known, most of the legends of St. Valentine point to the fact that St. Valentine was a man who devoted himself to God and to the truth of God’s word concerning marriage.  He was a man who loved God and was willing to die for what he believed in; whether that was for marriage, refusal to give up Christianity or to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. 

Please remember as you celebrate Valentine’s Day that it is GOD who IS LOVE and because of Him we can and do love.  He showers His love toward us when we least deserve it... 

"But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8 


Let us Praise and Worship Him...  Let us give Him the Love He deserves...  He desires to be our hearts one and only true Valentine...  If the truth be known it is He alone that can fill our deepest desire for Love...  When we love and worship Him as directed in Mark 12:30 “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” it is then that we find that we can love others the way God intended...  How much He loves each and every one of us...   How special we are to Him...  We are so blessed to be in His care...  So very blessed that He sent Jesus...  So, this Valentine’s Day let us Love and Worship…   One very interesting meaning of worship is to “Kiss Toward.”  Let us “Kiss Toward” the God who gave us His beautiful Son, Jesus Christ...  May God Bless You and Keep you this Valentine’s Day...  Remember He Loves You...  You are Special to His heart...  His Valentine to you and me was Jesus, our Blessed Redeemer...        


History Sources: Wikipedia, NPR: The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day by Arnie Seipel, Valentine’s Day History by Borgna Brunner

Columnist: Michele Abshire


Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at



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