From Your Valentine!
Millions of people all over the world celebrate Saint Valentine''s Day
each year on February 14th. I can remember as a small child creating
hand-made Valentine cards to give to my mom. The teacher said it was a
day to say to someone special that you love them. Back then it was
just a fun day and involved a little creative artwork. Well, I read
recently that around 150 million Valentine''s Day cards are sent each
year, making Valentine''s day the second most popular card- sending day
after Christmas. Where did this day come from and why are millions of
people celebrating it?
I did a little research on this special day of romance on February 14
called Valentine''s Day and how has it become such a big celebration.
There are many versions of the origin of this day mostly centered
around romance and love. The day is named after Saint Valentine or in
Latin, Valentinus. He was a recognized third century roman saint
commemorated on February 14 and was associated with courtly love.
Saint Valentine''s Day started as a celebration of the early Christian
Saint named Valentinus. The most popular legend or stories tell of his
imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers that were forbidden
to marry and for ministering to the early Christians who were under
persecution from the Roman empire. It was told that he healed the
daughter of his jailer and that before his execution on February 14 he
sent her a farewell saying "from your valentine". By the 15th century,
the day became associated with courtly and romantic love where lovers
expressed their love by sending flowers, offering affection, and
sending a greeting card known as "valentines".
When talking about St. Valentine''s Day another name immediately comes
to mind, that of Cupid. In Roman mythology, Cupid, was the god of
desire, love, and passion. During the Classical Greek Art period he
was portrayed as a slender winged youth and during the Hellenistic
period began to be portrayed as a chubby boy. During the latter period
he acquired a bow and arrow that remains today as his distinguishing
trait. When Cupid would should a person with his bow and arrow, they
would become filled with uncontrollable desire, love, and passion.
Cupids ability to compel love and desire played a role in several
myths and legends. Cupid continued to be a popular figure in the
Middle Ages and was even considered having a dual nature as Heavenly
and Earthly love. In contemporary culture today, Cupid is shown
shooting his bow and arrow to inspire love and romance as the icon of
We still celebrate this day of love even now in 2013! As we celebrate
this day all over the world, it is a day where florists are
overwhelmed with orders, retail stores stock up on greeting cards,
boxes of candy, and gifts. The postal service is backlogged with the
delivery of greeting cards. Yes, Valentine''s Day is alive and well and
fills our day with romance. Cupid is busy shooting his arrows of
desire and filling us with love. As for me, I love the celebration
plus as a Christian it reminds me of the unconditional love Jesus has
for everyone. Jesus showed his desire for us in that while we were yet
still sinners, he died on the cross for us. There are no conditions to
trust in Jesus, it''s come as you are. So, as you start to think about
sending that greeting card and buying the gift to share with the one
you love, remember the love Jesus has for you, all the time!
Associate Pastor of Administration
Columbus Avenue Baptist Church