On this day in history - St. Valentine

etienne_marais

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The story of Valentine's Day focuses on a man of God who honored marriage and was killed for it.

February 14th, Valentine's Day is the legacy of a priest named Valentinus who defied the orders of Roman Emperor, Claudius II, that Roman soldiers should not marry. The emperor made this decision in order to keep his soldiers from weakening their will or softening their courage. He wanted their hearts to be bloodlessly cold.

Valentinus had compassion on these soldiers and performed marriages in secret. In time, he was caught in his treasonous disobedience and was beaten by clubs and beheaded on February 14th in 269.
 
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