Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

On February 14 around the year 270 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To alleviate the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten with clubs and beheaded. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine."






9 comments:

Matt said...

No punishment was too cruel for that bastard.

HellzBellz said...

Hahaaha LOL Mat ...some $$$ lighter today ?? Or only to think about its only made up (Valentine) for the Shop-Owners,Those shops where you van only buy ,,That stuff, Thrown away next week,and Hotels and restaurants...and more entertainment...To give them a Boost!! Thats WHY its made up...The Man and the name surely did excist, thats treu

leary7 said...

I am the Scrooge of Valentine's Day. I gave my girlfriend new windsheild wipers and a bag of pork rinds.

Matt said...

new windsheild wipers and a bag of pork rinds

bwaaahahahaha!!!!

Panamint Patty said...

Patty got red velvet cookies and bubbly for breakfast. :)

*hiccup*

disillusioned said...

Happy Valentines Day powderpuffs..

eviliz said...

leary7 said...
I am the Scrooge of Valentine's Day. I gave my girlfriend new windsheild wipers and a bag of pork rinds.

This made me think of the year I received a carton of cigarettes for Valentines Day. From my husband!
I said WTF? His reply- "I wanted to get you something you could use."

orwhut said...

I discovered that if I waited until after 7:00 or 8:00 on Valentines night, I could get a dozen roses, for half-price. I knew it was too good to last. This year my wife suggested that because the cat eats the rose petals, that I get her "jewelry" instead. I hate that word "jewelry".

leary7 said...

my motto is if you can't buy it at the gas station it doesn't say love.