February 14 – Saint Valentine: Patron Saint of Travelers, Against Plagues

Saint Valentine, Patron Saint of Travelers (Memorial: February 14)

Extract from The Legend of St. Valentine: “The date of this Saint Valentine’s birth is not known. Along with Saint Marius and his family, Saint Valentine assisted the martyrs during the persecution they suffered under the rule of Claudius II (also known as Claudius the Goth and Claudius the Cruel). In addition, since Rome was at the time involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns, the emperor found it difficult to recruit the male populace into joining his military leagues. Believing this to be because Roman men were adverse to leaving their loved ones or their familes, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements within the City of Rome. Saint Valentine and Saint Marius, however, continued to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. When is was discovered that Saint Valentine was defying the emperor’s decree, he was apprehended and dispatched by Claudius to the Prefect of Rome who, being unable to force the saint to renounce Christianity, ordered that Valentine be clubbed, stoned and then beheaded. According to tradition, while Valentine waited in prison for his execution, he corresponded with those under his care by sending letters and love notes to his parishioners. It is also believed that while incarcerated, the Bishop fell in love with a young woman who visited him during his confinement. According to some sources, this was the blind daughter (whose name may have been Julia) of of Asterius, the jailer. It is said tht God enabled Valentine to miraculously restore the girl’s sight. Popular belief indicates that Valentine’s farewell message to his love contained a closing that has now transcended time: ‘”From Your Valentine.’” See PICTURE of St. ValentinePRAYER to St. Valentine.

Saint Valentine, Patron Saint Against Plagues (Memorial: February 14)

Extract from Saint Valentine: “The celebrations of St. Valentine’s Day are steeped in legend and mystery; indeed the motives behind the day’s creation and even St. Valentine himself have been shrouded in controversy and doubt. Saint Valentine’s Day embraces a time of year that is historically associated with love and fertility. It encompasses the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera in Ancient Athens and the Ancient Roman festival of Lupercus, the god of fertility. The priests of Lupercus would perform a traditional purification ritual, slaughtering goats to the god, and after consuming wine, they would run through the streets of Rome holding aloft the skins of the goats touching anyone they met. The occasion compelled floods of young women to the streets in the belief that being touched would improve their chances of conceiving and bring forth easy childbirth. . . . It is believed that the young priest rose to distinction after betraying Emperor Claudius in 270 AD by conducting illegitimate wedding ceremonies in the capital. Emperor Claudius claimed that married men made poor soldiers and consequently decreed that all marriages of younger citizens would be outlawed. Bishop Valentine, however, maintained that marriage was part of God’s plan and purpose for the world. He continued to conduct marriages in secret between young people, sometimes as young as twelve, in the name of love. His success gained him unwelcome notoriety, which became Bishop Valentine’s downfall. He was jailed and ultimately beheaded, but not before he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. It is thought that on the evening of his execution the bishop passed her a note which read ‘from your Valentine’. This story has blossomed into the defining tradition of Valentine’s Day.” See PICTURE of Saint Valentine. See also: Saint Valentine: Patron Saint of Travelers, Against Plagues, Saint Valentine of Rome, (EN), Saint Valentine (Multilingual), Valentín, Santo (SP), San Valentino Martire (IT), Petite histoire de la Saint Valentin (FR), Św. Walenty (PO). VIDEOS: St. Valentine, Martyr,  for Love – Beliefnet.comStory of Saint Valentine. PRAYER to St. Valentine.

Saint Valentine, Patron Saint of Travellers (Memorial: February 14)

Extract from St. Valentine:  “Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they’re expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.”See picture: St. Valentine Heals the Epileptics and Rebukes the Worshippers of False Gods, and Prayer to St. Valentine.


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Valentine on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Zanzibar Ferry Disaster near Zanzibar (July 18, 2012) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 30 – August 12, 2012.

Rabaul Queen Ferry Accident in Papua New Guinea (February 2, 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 13 – February 26, 2012.

Cholera in Haiti. (February, 2011) (Ongoing). (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 14 – February 27, 2011)

Train collision in Belgium (February 15, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 1 – March 14, 2010.


Articles and Websites:


Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia:  Saint Valentine

Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia:  Valentine’s Day


About.com:  Who Was Saint Valentine?

AmericanCatholic.org:  St. Valentine’s Day

Annie’s Valentines History Page:  From the World Book Encyclopedia 1998

Ascension Research Center:  The Legend of Saint Valentine

BBC Religions:  Saint Valentine

Catholic-Forum.com:  The Golden Legend, The Life of Saint Valentine

Catholic Online:  St. Valentine

The Christian Broadcasting Network:  St. Valentine, The Real Story

Christianity Today:  History of Valentine’s Day

CrewsNest:  The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

The Deacon’s Bench:  So Who Was St. Valentine, Anyway?

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter:  Who Was Saint Valentine?

Editions Magnificat:  Saint Valentine

Fish Eaters:  Feast of St. Valentine

History.com:  Valentine’s Day, The Legend of St. Valentine

HubPages:  The History of St. Valentine’s Day: Where Did Valentine Come From

InfoPlease.com:  Valentine’s Day History

National Public Radio:  The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day

Project Britain:  Valentine’s Day

Rocky Mountains Valentine’s Day Page:  The Good Saint Valentine

Saints.SQPN.com:  Saint Valentine of Rome

Saint Valentine:  Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine’s Day:  The Legend of Saint Valentine

StValentines.net:  History of St. Valentines Day

The Telegraph:  History of Valentine’s Day

Time, NewsFeed:  St. Valentine, Famed Romantic and Religious Martyr

uurestoration.us/sermons:  Forgiveness – The True Story Behind Saint Valentine’s Day

Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia:  Saint Valentine (PDF):


ApplesForTheTeacher.com:  Valentine’s Day Games and Activities

Busy Teacher:  Free 74 Saint Valentine’s Day Worksheets

DLTK Growing Together:  Valentine’s Day History and Sunday School Ideas

EdHelper.com:  Saint Valentine and Claudius

Hot Chalk; LessonPlansPage.com:  Valentine’s Day Lessons and Teacher Resources

Isabel Perez:  St. Valentine’s Story

KaBoose:  Valentine’s History

Mommy Life:  Saint Valentine’s Day Origins

Morristown.com:  The History of Valentine’s Day

Storynory: Free Audio Stories for Kids:  St. Valentine

SundaySchoolNetwork.com:  Valentine’s Day Sermon


American Violet Society:  St. Valentine’s Violets


CatholicCulture.org:  Saint Valentine Cookies

Catholic Icing; The Icing on Your Catholic Cake:  Celebrate St. Valentine’s Feast Day- and Link Up Your Ideas, Too!

Games and Quizzes:

Activities for ESL Students:  Valentine’s Day Quiz

Kid’s Turn Central:  Games; Kids Valentine Trivia

Sporcle:  Can You Name The Facts About Saint Valentine?

Valentine Legend (PDF):  The Story of St. Valentine


Saints Preserved:  St. Valentine Download Victorian Cards and more!

Monuments and Pilgrimages:

Carmelites:  Shrine of St. Valentine, Whitefriar Street Church Ireland


Love Poems:  Valentine Poems


Catholic-Saints.Info: PRAYER to St. Valentine.
The Catholic Primer: PRAYER to St. Valentine.


Videos and Books:

Amazon.com:  Saint Valentine, Book for Kids

Amazon.com:  Saint Valentine, Book for Kids

Barnes and Noble:  Saint Valentine, Book for Kids

ChristianBook.com:  Saint Valentine, Book for Kids

Saint Valentine Catholic Radio:  KDJW 1360AM, Texas Panhandle


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