Valentine's Day Activities - The Story of St. Valentine
I need more unmarried men for my army. No more marriages allowed!
Prima and I were going to get married!
I can help you!
Emperor Claudius II of Rome wanted to grow his army, but many men did not want to volunteer and leave their wives and children. So, he passed a law prohibiting marriage.
Many young lovers thought this law was unjust! Valentine, a Christian priest in Rome, believed marriage was a holy commitment above any human law.
Valentine continued to perform wedding rituals in secret.
- From your Valentine
Be my Valentine!
Alas! Valentine was discovered. Roman guards arrested him for breaking the emperor's law. He was condemned to death and sent to prison.
While in prison, people sent him messages saying that they agreed with him. The jailer's daughter talked with him and learned from him. They became friends.
Before he was beheaded on February 14th, he had signed a message for his friend saying, "From your Valentine". Today, we send similar messages and tokens of love to our friends and loved ones on Valentine's Day.