The name Valentine comes from the Latin word "valens" which means healthy or strong. The derivation Valentine was a popular name between the 2nd and 8th centuries AD, which could explain part of the confusion surrounding this saint.
|St. Valentine Kneeling in|
Supplication by David Teniers III
Public Domain *Attribution below
The details surrounding the acts and eventual martyrdom of Valentine are also hazy. Common threads point to an account of Valentine performing a miracle (restoring the sight of a young girl), aiding Christians and encouraging others to embrace Christianity. While imprisoned, he refused to renounce his faith and was executed.
Pope Gelasius I established the Feast of Saint Valentine of February 14 in 496, acknowledging that while not many details were known about Valentine, his acts were known to God.
The more modern traditions connecting Saint Valentine's Day to romantic love date to the fourteenth century and are generally attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, "the Father of English Literature", and his circle of friends. In the Middle Ages, birds were thought to pair in mid-February, and in the poem "Parliament of Foules" there is mention of February 14th being the day birds as well as humans find a mate.
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|A little teaser from GULL HARBOR...|
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Sources: Wikipedia.com, History.com
*By David Teniers III - http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/David-III-Teniers/St-Valentine-Kneeling-In-Supplication.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9111285