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The tale of the patron saint, Valentine

Who is this Saint Valentine that inspired the romantic holiday we will be celebrating this Sunday? The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr, St. Valentine and dates back to the 5th century. During his reign, Emperor Claudius II prohibited the marriage of young men. The ban on marriage came as a great shock to the Romans but they dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor. The kindly bishop, Valentine, felt this decree a great injustice as he witnessed the trauma of young lovers who gave up all hopes of being united in marriage. He planned to counter the monarch's orders in secrecy by joining lovers in the sacrament of matrimony. He because well sought and performed many secret marriages of young lovers. Valentine became known as the “friend of lovers” and later was arrested. While awaiting his sentence in prison, Valentine was approached by his jailor, Asterius. It was said that Valentine had some saintly abilities and one of them granted him the power to heal people. Asterius had a blind daughter and knowing of the miraculous powers of Valentine he brought his daughter to Valentine tso he could restore her eyesight. While awaiting his sentence in prison, Valentine was approached by his jailor, Asterius who believed that Valentine had some saintly ability to heal people. Asterius brought his blind daughter to Valentine in hopes that her sight could be restored. Whether or not Valentine, in fact, healed her of her eyesight is debated by the Protestants and the Catholics. Whatever the fact, it appears that Valentine in some way did succeed to help Asterius' blind daughter. When Claudius II met Valentine, he was said to have been impressed by the dignity and conviction of faith he possessed and tried to convert Valentine to the Roman gods but was unsuccessful. Angered by his refusal, he then gave the order of execution of Valentine. Meanwhile, a deep friendship had been formed between Valentine and Asterius' daughter. It is said that just before his execution, Valentine asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her "From Your Valentine," a phrase that lived ever after. Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD. Thus February 14th became annually observed by young Romans who offered handwritten greetings of affection, known as Valentines to the women they admired. It’s a day for all lovers and Valentine is its Patron Saint. *Send a Valentine or special something to the one you admire this Valentine’s Day! * *This story was brought to us by Lori with Accents Floral of Cody* *[image: Inline image 8]* *Accents Floral can help you make that perfect selection to express whatever sentiment you wish to express.* *[image: Inline image 4]* *[image: Inline image 6]* *[image: Inline image 5]* *[image: Inline image 3]* *[image: Inline image 2]* *They will be open Mon 8th-Saturday the 13th** 8:30a to 5:30p and Sunday the 14th** 9a till the roses run out!* Feature Image: By John Callcott Horsley (1817 - 1903) (British) (Details of artist on Google Art Project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons #reboot #news #sponsored #accentsfloral