St. Valentine is not just one saint, there are three mentioned in different martyrologies connected to February 14: St. Valentine, priest-martyr during the time of Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine, Bishop of Terni (venerated in the Eastern Churches), and a martyr from North Africa. Apart from these the Catholic Church recognizes others:
- a martyr (Roman priest or Terni bishop?) buried on the Via Flaminia (February 14);
- a priest from Viterbo (November 3);
- a bishop from Raetia who died in about 450 (January 7);
- a fifth-century priest and hermit (July 4);
- a Spanish hermit who died in about 715 (October 25);
- Valentine Berrio Ochoa, martyred in 1861 (November 24);
- and Valentine Jaunzarás Gómez, martyred in 1936 (September 18).
St. Valentine, the priest of Rome, is described thus:
From CatholicFire the following trivia is given
Stories about St. Valentine not only stress his heroism but also the romantic side of him. Today, people send candies, flowers, love letters, and gifts on February 14 in the name of St. Valentine. Married couples and lovers appeal to him for courage and strength in facing problems in their love life.
As we celebrate the memorial of St. Valentine, let us not only remember him as the patron of lovers. Let us be inspired by his strength in trying to defend his faith.
Recently, I was informed that relics of the martyr St. Valentine are found in a vessel tinged in his blood and is enshrined in a Carmelite church in WhiteFriar’s St., Dublin, Ireland. Below are photos taken from the shrine.
More on St. Valentine on the Web
- Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Valentine and St. Valentine’s Day
- Catholic Online: St. Valentine
- Saints SQPN: St. Valentine of Rome
- SaintsPreserved: Valentine
- American Catholic: The Catholic Origins of Valentine’s Day
- WikiPedia: St. Valentine
- St. Valentine’s: History
Originally posted 2012-02-13 21:24:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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