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Saint Valentine of Rome

Born: A.D. 226

Died: February 14, c. 269; Beaten and Beheaded at Rome; Buried on the Flaminian Way; Relics later translated to the Church of Saint Praxedes

Venerated: Catholic Church; Anglican Communion; Lutheran Church; and Individual Protestant Churches, including Baptists

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: February 14 (Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran Churches)

Patronages: Affianced Couples; Against Epilepsy; Against Fainting; Against Plague; Apiarists; Bee Keepers; Betrothed Couples; Greeting Card Manufacturers; Happy Marriages; Love; Travelers; Young People
Places: Bussolengo, Italy

Representation: Birds; Roses; Bishop with a Crippled or Epileptic Child at his feet; Bishop with a rooster nearby; Bishop performing a wedding; Bishop refusing to adore an idol; Bishop being beheaded; Priest bearing a sword; Priest holding a sun; Priest giving sight to a blind girl

Saint Valentine, a Roman priest, together with Saint Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs who suffered during the reign of Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd century.  Being apprehended, he was sent to the Prefect of Rome, who commanded that he be beaten with clubs and afterward beheaded.  He suffered martyrdom about the year 270.

The custom of sending valentines on this day is the revival of an ancient pagan practice, which consisted in boys drawing the names of girls in honor of their goddess, Februata Juno, on February 15.  To abolish this practice names of Saints were substituted on billets drawn upon this day.

For Further Information About Saint Valentine, See CatholicSaints.Info Website

Prayer: God of power and mercy, through Your help Saint Valentine has overcome the tortures of his passion.  Help us who celebrate his triumph to remain victorious over the wiles of our enemies.  Amen.