In Western Christianity, the feast day of Saint Valentine is celebrated annually on February 14, while in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, it is celebrated annually on July 6. The celebration of courtly love on his saints’ day dates back to the High Middle Ages.
Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of Terni, as well as those who suffer from epilepsy and maintain bees. Priest or bishop, Saint Valentine served Christians who were suffering persecution in the Roman Empire. Since at least the seventh century, February 14 has been celebrated as the Feast of Saint Valentine (Saint Valentine’s Day), honoring the Roman martyr who was killed and whose body was buried on the Via Flaminia.
Who is Saint Valentine?
Although a wealthy Roman Christian by the name of Valentinus paid for the production of the Chronography of 354, Saint Valentine does not appear on that list. However, you can find it in the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, a collection of early local sources written between 460 and 544.
In 496 CE, Pope Gelasius I proclaimed February 14 as the day to celebrate St. Valentine after he was added to the list of those “… whose names are justly revered among mankind, but whose works are known only to God.”
Scripture and Testimonies
The many biographies assigned to the saint mirror the variance in his identity. Saint Valentine is commonly depicted in hagiographies as either a priest in Rome or the previous bishop of Terni, an important town in the central Italian region of Umbria. Valentinus (the Latin form of his name) was debating the truth of Christianity with Judge Asterius while he was under house imprisonment.
The judge summoned Valentinus and presented him with his adopted blind daughter as a test. Asterius would do anything Valentinus asked if he could give the girl her sight back. Valentinus prayed to God and then rested his hands on the child’s eyes, and her sight returned.
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The Feast of Saint Valentine
In AD 269, on the 14th of February, Saint Valentine was beheaded in Rome. Pope Gelasius, I designated February 14 as the day to remember the life of the Christian martyr known as Saint Valentine in AD 496.
St. Valentine’s Day, as observed in the Lutheran calendar, is February 14. Most provinces of the Anglican Communion observe his feast, and his name was restored as bishop and martyr in the Church of England’s 1661–62 Book of Common Prayer, which had been removed from the calendar during the Reformation. His name can be found in the Roman Martyrology, the official canonization book of the Catholic Church.
Western Christians commemorate Valentine’s Day on February 14, whereas Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate it on July 6. To know more latest news follow us on our Twitter account.