Who was St Valentine?
There are two and they are both honoured on 14 February: St Valentine, martyred priest of Rome and St Valentine of Terni, martyred Bishop of Interamna (now Terni in Umbria).
The flower-crowned skull of Saint Valentine of Rome is on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome.
The Novus Ordo Missae Calendar of Blessed Paul VI no longer remembers him but the traditional Roman rite Calendar of course still does because traditionalists are romantic and the new rite is dull.
|David Teniers III (Flemish School). St Valentine receives a chaplet from the Blessed Virgin. 17th century.|
Claudius was impressed by St Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life.
St Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed.
Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. The jailer's daughter and his forty-four member household (family members and servants) converted and were received into the Church.
|St Valentine of Terni|
St Valentine, pray for us!
|Eastern icon of St Valentine|