Are you wearing RED today?
It's Saint Valentine's Day!
But who was Valentine?
He was a young priest who disobeyed
Emperor Claudius in 270 AD by conducting illegitimate wedding
ceremonies in Rome. The Emperor claimed that married men
made poor soldiers and consequently decreed that all marriages of
young people would be outlawed. Bishop Valentine continued to conduct marriages in secret between young
people, sometimes as young as twelve, in the name of love.
He was thrown in prison, but became friends
with the jailer's daughter, and passed her a note which read "from your Valentine" before he was beheaded.
All over the world people are buying flowers, chocolates, and gifts for their loved ones, and sending cards that say "from your Valentine". Have a happy day!