The history of St. Valentine

Ian Bischoff, reporter

Valentine’s Day started along time ago when the martyr Valentine of Rome was 
imprisoned for helping and ministering for persecuted Christians and for doing weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry.

Valentine was a Roman priest and lived during the time of emperor Claudius who was persecuting the church. Emperor Claudius made the rule that marriage be prohibited for young people because of the belief that unmarried soldiers would fight better because they would not have to worry about their wife and possible children. The church finds marriage very sacred so when emperor Claudius made that new rule the church had an immediate problem to confront.

St. Valentine was against that rule so he secretly married couples and was eventually caught. After he was caught, he was put in prison and tortured for performing the marriages. St. Valentine’s jailer Asterius had a daughter who was blind but St. Valentine healed her blindness by praying every night and after that Asterius’ daughter converted to Christianity.

During the year 269 AD St. Valentine was sentenced to a three-part execution. He was to be beaten, stoned, and lastly decapitated just because he stood for marriage and and did marriages. Before St. Valentine was killed he made a note to Asterius’ daughter and signed it “from your Valentine.” Now on Valentine’s Day we do what St. Valentine did by sending people cards, letters, and gifts usually saying “from your Valentine” like he did when he made his note.