Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Meet St. Valentine

Greetings yet again my Creatures of the Night and thank you for taking the time to come and see me.

This time of the year is the time of love and romance, the time when men and women bestow gifts on each other, gifts to declare their undyling love for each other. Yes my Creatures Valentine's Day is just around the corner, the day of cards, flowers, chocolates and lingerie etc but just who is this mysterious St. Valentine? 

Allow me to enlighten you all.

Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is the name of several (14 in all) martyred saints of ancient Rome. The name "Valentine", derived from valens (worthy, strong, powerful), was popular in Late Antiquity. Of the Saint Valentine whose feast is on February 14, nothing is known except his name and that he was buried on the Via Flaminia north of Rome on February 14, he was born on April 16. It is even uncertain whether the feast of that day celebrates only one saint or more saints of the same name. For this reason this liturgical commemoration was not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969. But "Martyr Valentinus the Presbyter and those with him at Rome" remains in the list of saints proposed for veneration by all Catholics.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Saint Valentine the Presbyter is celebrated on July 6, and Heiromartyr Saint Valentine (Bishop of Interamna, Terni in Italy) is celebrated on July 30.[7] Notwithstanding that, conventionally, members of the Greek Orthodox Church named Valentinos (male) or Valentina (female) celebrate their name on February 14, according to the Typikon of the Great Church of Christ (Τυπικὸν τῆς Μεγάλης τοῦ Χριστοῦ ᾽Εκκλησίας) Saint Valentine is not venerated on July 6, nor on July 30. In fact, there exists no Saint Valentine in the "Greek Orthodox Church"
Full article can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Valentine

JS Morbius

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1 comment:

Vampirique Dezire said...

Love the pictures...and that was interesting reading too ;-)

*bites n kisses*