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Bienvenido Cortes

 

 

By Bienvenido Cortes

 

 

Every Filipinos know that Valentine’s Day is celebrated every 14th day of February of each year. More known as a day for lovers, this day is the Feast of Saint Valentine in the liturgical celebration in the early Christian saints named Valentinus.


Rosalie Marie Levy, authored of heavenly Friends, (St. Paul Publication, Philippines), wrote that in the early martyrologies, there are three different St. Valintinus mentioned under the date of February 14. One was a holy Priest of Rome who was martyred under Emperor Aurelius in 270; another was Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), who also suffered in the second half of the third century, and was buried on the Flaminian Way. The third St. Valentine suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known about him.


According to sources from Panorama magazine, in a popular hagiographical account of St. Valentine of Rome was when Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families and outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius, and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Other stories suggest that Valentine also attempted to help.


Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “Valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl-possibly his jailor’s daughter-who visited him during his confinement. He wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still used today.


The popular customs of celebrating St. Valentine’s Day no doubt had their origin in a conventional belief generally accepted in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on February 14, that is, half way through the second month of the year, the birds begin to pair. For this reason of the day was considered as especially consecrated to lovers and as a favorable time for writing love letters and sending lover’s gifts.


Valentine’s Day symbolizes that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Valentine’s Day is traditionally a day of expressing our love for one another. There are thousands and one way of expressing our love, care, concern and compassion for others, from a simple warm greeting of love to sacrificing one’s life to another.


The day is an occasion to remind all of us to share our love for others, not just on special occasions but every day and not just with members of our families and friends but with others whenever that opportunities time to share love comes our way.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day To All.

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