Valentine feast: All You need to know about this season of Love
The feast of Valentine is celebrated by the Catholic church every 14th day of February. It is a love feast celebrated in honour of St Valentine who died because of love. It is always celebrated with a Mass and other rituals that follow in the church.
Who is St Valentine
As earlier stated, Saint Valentine is a saint in the catholic church who is said to have died for love. The Roman Catholic Church Officially recognizes Saint Valentine every 14th February. St Valentine is known to be a person who died around A.D. 270.
However, controversies surround the saint as regards his life and the account of his life. The first account was the beheading of St Valentine.
St Valentine is a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II. According to History, On February 14, around the year 270 A.D, Valentine, was executed.
It was recorded that the Roman empire under Emperor Claudius II was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns.
The Emperor had to maintain a strong army but had difficulty getting people to enlist in the army and join his military campaign.
Claudius II believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.
To solve this problem, Claudius II banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. After realizing the decree's injustice, Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.
The sentence was carried out on February 14, around the year 270 A.D.
St Valentine wedded couples in secret.
In jail, he fell in love with the jailer's daughter, and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed "from your Valentine".
The love letter written by Valentine inspired the romantic nature of Valentine being celebrated today.
This the recorded account of St Val even though other assertions say that the Valentine who was beheaded for love wasn't the only Valentine as there were two other Valentines under the date of February 14th.
One was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and another St. Valentine who was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.
According to some Historical accounts, St Valentine was executed during the reign of the Roman Emperor, Claudius II.
What does St Valentine stand for
St. Valentine feast stands for love, and everything love represents. It is a special day for the catholic church to show love; Agape love, the love of Christ and not the love that the world celebrates today in honour of Valentine.
St Valentine feast stands for sacrifice. The sacrifice that goes with every genuine love. Valentine sacrificed himself for love from the story above, so Valentine's day teaches us about the sacrifices required for love.
St valentine stands for selflessness; from St Valentine's life, we can deduce his act of selfless service to humanity. Emperor Claudius banned marriage, but St Valentine went against the decree and wedded couples secretly, not minding the risk involved.
It was an act of selflessness and service to humankind. These are exactly why the catholic church celebrates St Valentine and makes it a great feast in the catholic church.
However, it is quite bad and unfortunate that many have turned Valentines's day to be an erotic day in Africa and Nigeria. A day to have non-marital sex and engage in debauchery.
St. Valentine feast should be a day to show love (not fornication) to one another.
Valentine is a season of love, pure and genuine love. Valentine in which we celebrate his feast portrayed an agape love. In celebration of this great day in his honour, it should be an exact representation of St. Valentine's personality.
As the world joins the catholic church to celebrate St Valentine, celebrate it responsibly.
How do Catholics celebrate St Valentine feast?
St Valentine is the saint of love, young people and marriages. On every 14th February, the catholic church hosts a mass in celebration of St Valentine.
After the mass, prayer to St valentine will be recited, but this always involves those that belong to St Valentine society.
There are religious organisations in the Catholic Church whose aim is to boost the catholic members' spiritual growth. St valentine happens to be one of such organisation. Every 14th February after mass, St Valentine's prayer will be recited.
St Valentine as earlier said is the patron saint of the young people. So the Catholic youths on many occasions during the celebration engage in entertainment like music, pageantry, and drama that portray the festival's theme, which is LOVE.
The colours of the day are always Red and White. Red represents love, while White represents purity. The colour shows the two unique qualities of St Valentine: love and purity of heart.
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