We celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th by sending flowers, cards, and gifts to those that we love. But, did you know why? The holiday is named after two early Christian martyrs named Valentine. There were many early Christian martyrs named Valentine. Seems it was a popular name. The two that Valentine’s Day is typically associated with are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest that was martyred about AD 269. Valentine of Terni was bishop of Interamna and is said to have been martyred during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. Sentiments of love and affection are rarely associated with the biographies of these two martyrs.
Saint Valentine became linked to romance in the fourteenth century. There are several legends about Saint Valentine, although many of the recorded legends have no connection with sentimental love.
According to the Early Medieval acta, Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius attempted to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and, in turn, attempted to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Valentine was executed. It is reported that he performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer prior to his execution.
According to Legenda Aurea, Valentine was a priest who refused an unattested law of the Emperor Claudius II that ordered that young men remain single. Claudius apparently wanted to enlarge his army, and he believed married men made poor soldiers. The priest Valentine secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius learned of it, he had Valentine arrested and jaile.
According to the Golden Legend, the night before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first “valentine” himself, addressing it to a young girl. The note read, “From you Valentine.” The young girl is identified in various legends as his beloved, as the jailer’s daughter, and as the girl that he healed.
Today, Valentine’s day is known for chocolate, lace hearts, and red hot candies.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the designers at Pretty Scrappy put together a mega- collab kit called Love and Kisses.
This kit contains:
84 Papers, 115 Elements and 2 Mix and Match Alphas
7 Word Art
8 Bows (2 Recolored)
9 Other Fasteners
17 Heart Type Elements
You can get it here for just $10!
And because love is in the air, we also created brag book pages to share.
The one I made showcases my parents in the left frame, and my husband’s parents in the right frame. We are so grateful for the example of love and marriage committment that they have shown us throughout our lives.
Of course, your copy will not have our pictures or the text…
You can get this brag page here
There is also an exclusive Free 28 pg hybrid Maya Road Heart Album with $15 purchase!
The other designers at Pretty Scrappy also have some goodies to show their love…
Designs By Mel
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