St. Valentine

Today, is Valentin’s Day. But who is St. Valentine?

He was a 3rd century Roman priest during the reign of emperor Claudius.

Claudius thought his soldiers would fight better when not being married; so he outlawed marriage. Rebuffing this inhumane decree, Valentine continued to wed young soldiers with their fiancées.

Outraged about Valentine’s act of defiance Claudius dragged Valentine in his court to demand obedience. But Valentine stood his ground. Claudius punished Valentine with a death sentence.

In prison Valentine wrote the first “Valentine’s card” to his love and was executed on February 14, 269 AD.


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