Who Was Valentine?



Who Was Valentine?

“Love is everywhere. Open your heart to receive it.”

From the moment we wake up in the morning, until we retire to bed at night, many of us are chained to our routines. Whether it is school, work, we have something programmed into our schedules nearly every day—including holidays. The word “holy” according to “Bible Hub”, comes from the Greek word ‘hagios’, which implies something is “set apart” therefore “different—i.e. other.” Thus, a holy day is a day set apart from other days of the week. February the 14th is a holy day, as it is the celebration of St. Valentine. But who was Valentine? Where did he live? What made him so special?


There is one legend about Saint Valentine of Rome, who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Apparently, historically, there was more than one Valentine. Different religious groups and even different countries have their own legends, which gave them an excuse to celebrate love and affection.


According to Wikipedia, the Valentine’s Day that we celebrate today to commemorate romantic love, evolved in 18th-century England. This occasion was for lovers to express their love by presenting flowers, offering confectionaries and sending hand-written greeting cards thanks to the Hallmark Cards Company, which was founded in 1910. Hallmark transformed this holiday into a big business opportunity; not only for greeting card companies, but also for the flower and candy industries as well. As a result of the routine created by advertisers, we rush to honor our loved ones. But what about the other 364 days of the year? Do we need someone to tell us what to do?



This year, try to do something different. Break the routine to show your love and appreciation. Be creative! There are so many ways to express yourself. My contribution to you is bouquets of flowers with a twist. Share it with love.

Your Valentine,

Manny<br />



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