Today is Valentine’s Day. I woke up wondering where that all came from and it seems it comes from ancient Roman rituals, the customs of Victorian England and Saint Valentine. It comes from Christian and Roman traditions and the Catholic Church recognizes three different martyred saints named Valentine or Valentinus.
One legend states that Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome who secretly defied the orders of Emperor Claudius II when he ruled that single men made better soldiers than married men and Valentine performed “secret” marriages for which later he would be put to death.
Another legend is that Valentine was placed in prison and fell in love with a young woman. It is said before he died that he wrote a note to the love of his life and signed it: “From your Valentine”. That is where the phrase came from and is still used in modern times.
There are many stories and their ties are deep in Christianity, Catholicism, and the ancient Roman times. Funny, I had never thought about it before and doubt I learned it in school but the stories are indeed inspiring and well worth the time to read. http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day