“…let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” —1 John 3:18
In February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, but do we know why? Saint Valentine was a Roman priest who performed weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, because of a Roman emperor edict decreeing that married soldiers did not make good warriors and thus young men could not marry. Saint Valentine wore a ring with a Cupid on it—a symbol of love—to help soldiers recognize him. And in a precursor to greeting cards, he handed out paper hearts to remind Christians of their love for God.
Because of this legend, Saint Valentine became known as the patron saint of love. The Saint Valentine prayer asks Saint Valentine to connect lovers together, so that two become one, and the couple remember their devotion to God. —The History of Valentine’s Day and Why We Celebrate, www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day