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Valentine , died 3rd century, Rome; feast day February 14 , name of one or two legendary Christian martyrs whose lives seem to be historically based. Although the Roman Catholic Church continues to recognize St. Valentine as a saint of the church, he was removed from the General Roman Calendar in because of the lack of reliable information about him. He is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics , and beekeepers. By some accounts, St.
The St. Valentine who inspired the holiday may have been two different men. Officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, St.
Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus , Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world. There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14,  including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome's imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as "valentines".
6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine
There are two different Saints' Lives for a St Valentine on February 14, but they are probably the same man. Saint Valentine was a clergyman - either a priest of a bishop - in the Roman Empire who ministered to persecuted Christians. Relics of him were kept in the Church and Catacombs of San Valentino in Rome, which "remained an important pilgrim site throughout the Middle Ages until the relics of St.