Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Feast of Saint Valentine

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.
-Chaucer, Parliament of Foules
Valentino, Bishop of Rome, was jailed for helping martyrs in prison. While there, the jailer was converted when Valentine restored his blind daughter's sight. He was beaten and beheaded in 269. In order to honor this devout priest who gave his life to the ministry of the gospel and who died for Christ, it is obvious that chocolate and flying chubby babies are the way to do it.
Actually, some believe that February 14 was a Roman holiday in which boys would draw girls' names in some sort of honor to the fertlity and sex goddess Februata Juno. Of course, Christian leaders went and 'sanctified' the pagan day- like Christmas and Easter -and named it for St. Valentine in order to distract their flock from paganism... Well, 2000 years later it worked; the day is all about self-sacrificial Christian service and not at all about eros...
Valentine is the patron saint of the following:
  • Betrothed couples
  • Against fainting
  • Bee Keepers
  • Epilepsy
  • Greetings
  • Greeting Card Manufacturers
  • Love
  • Happy Marriages
  • Plague
  • Travellers
  • Young People

I'm sure there's an entertaining Valentine's Day story someone could come up with incorporating the above items.