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News - All - 7 Feb 2019

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Miscellaneous: 7 Feb 2019
HAPPY ST.VALENTINE'S DAY - Feb 14th

Thursday February 14th is St. Valentine's Day.
Remember, roses fade and die, candy is just empty calories.
But the memory of a Homestyle HOT HAMBURG for lunch at the Legion will be cherished forever.
$7.25 include fries and HST. Noon-4.

For enquiring minds who want to know, here's a little St. Valentine's Day history, from today' British Telegram newspaper -

While the details of who St Valentine was are contested, one thing is agreed upon: he was martyred and buried on February 14 at the Roman cemetery on the Via Flaminia, the ancient road from Rome to Rimini.

Saint Valentine
St Valentine is thought to have been imprisoned for secretly marrying Christian couples Credit: Fototeca Storica Nazionale/Hulton Archive

However the details we have of St Valentine could be of one saint or two conflated saints with the same name; this means there are many different biographies in circulation. 

The most popular legend is that St Valentine - a priest from Rome - was arrested after secretly marrying Christian couples, who were being persecuted by Emperor Claudius II in the third century AD.

As helping Christians was considered a crime, St Valentine was imprisoned; while in jail he attempted to convert the emperor to Christianity and was condemned to death. He was beaten with stones and clubs, before being beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate.

According to some, while in prison St Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and sent her a love letter signed ‘from your Valentine’ on February 14, the day of his execution, as a goodbye.

Wearing a coronet made from flowers and with a stencilled inscription, St Valentine's skull now resides in the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, on Rome’s Piazza Bocca della Verità.

A casket containing a number of St Valentine's bones and a vial of his blood have been stored in the Whitefriar Street Church, in Dublin, since 1936, and couples regularly visit the religious shrine to ask him to watch over their lives.

Many couples preparing to marry also head to this church on February 14, the feast day of the saint, for a Blessing of the Rings in the presence of the reliquary. 

What's Cupid got to do with it all?

Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars.

Cupid is also known in Latin as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros and he is just one of the ancient symbols associated with St Valentine’s Day, along with the shape of a heart, doves, and the colours red and pink.

He is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow which he uses to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are said to be ‘struck by Cupid’s arrow’.


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