Wednesday, February 14

Valentine's Day

Valentine was likely a third century pastor from the southern Umbrian town of Terni who was imprisoned for his faith during the great persecution of Claudius II. According to a popular legend, he wrote small pastoral notes to members of his congregation on leaves he was able to pluck from a maple tree just outside his cell. These little “Valentine’s cards” expressed his love for the flock, and his desire that they demonstrate like love toward one another. Gradually the tradition grew up for Christians to exchange notes of love and encouragement to one another on this, his birthday.

1 comment:

JJRiding said...

Didn't realize that this was the beginnings of our Valentine's Day. Thanks for this tidbit. Makes expressing our love and gratitute even more meaningful. Of course, this should be done throughout the year. Joanie