It’s SAINT Valentine’s Day!

Just can not stand the whole politically correct thing. I mean look where it’s gotten us! Take the Saint out of this day, court challenges to keep Nativity scenes and Menorahs off the public square, “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas, idiots screaming to take the Ten Commandments out of courtrooms, Hallow e’en without ghosts, goblins and witches – where does it all stop? Rewriting history one little snippet at a time.

Here is one of many of the legends of the beginning of St. Valentine’s Day.

The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine’s Day for the celebration of this new feaSt. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

Looks like the same thing was happening away back then- take the local culture and subtly twist it and take it over.  The Church was very, very good at transforming pagan festivals! We have today a new power block that wants to transform our society into something generic. It has been going on for quite some time- think back- remember when we had “Christmas Vacation” from school? Christmas Concerts? Easter vacation? What are they called now? Do you remember Hallow e’en parties at school? The politically correct folks are doing away with those things at an alarming rate- trying to make all of society fit their model.

We have all kinds of (fill in the blank) History months- but no American History month. As noted in an earlier post we have done away with the separate holidays for Lincoln and Washington and now have a generic “president’s day.” Memorial Day? Slowly being eroded from a day of solemn remembrance of those who gave their all for our country and turned into a three-day drunken barbecue! Columbus Day- well he is now a dirty rotten old European white guy who single-handedly exterminated the native Americans- but we get another 3 day week-end for it!

Slow but sure- in the guise of political correctness- we are losing all that makes us unique. One world and all that you know.

So- Happy SAINT Valentine’s Day and Happy Chinese New Year as well! The way things are going in this country we maybe should all become familiar with the Chinese calendar- the Chinese own so much of our debt our grandchildren may be living under it if we don’t wake up!

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11 Responses

  1. A very proper rant and thank you for correcting me today! I have no idea why I didn’t put Saint on my greeting. I did correct it on my blog and if you don’t mind, I will link to your post to make sure everyone else remembers!

    I should be ashamed of myself!

    • No worries! nothing to be ashamed of- you have other things on your mind! And sorry if I sounded like I was correcting you- aarrgh! I’ll sound like Professor Presidente! NOOOOOOOO!
      It’s just my personal thing- political correctness is insidious- it’s all around in ways we don’t even realize!

  2. […] in my Valentine’s greeting. I did correct my post to the proper greeting. You can go to her blog to read all about Saint Valentine and why we celebrate this day of February 14th. It’s a great bit of Catholic history if you […]

  3. Maybe we should have Chinese food instead of chocolates to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day.

    • Well- it would fit right in with MEEEEEchelle’s fat program! How many fat peasants in China- eating all those vegetables and rice???

  4. Happy Saint Valentine’s Day PMM. I gave each and every animal a big kiss for you.
    😀

    • We gave the dog a steak bone this morning, the kitties will get an extra catnip, and some lettuce for the chickens!

      Happy St. Valentine’s to you!

      • Ahh, you do what I do with the exception of the chickens. None here. 🙂

        • Well our chickens are four we have left from the 20 we started with in spring 2002. They did right by us- dozens and dozens of eggs! Fresh eggs! Those old stale ones in the grocery stores? YUCK!
          We haven’t the heart to kill them and stew them- so all spring and summer they eat bugs in the garden and we feed them in the winter. They are just pets now- living a comfy life until they die of old age- who knew chickens lived that long? Wonder how it converts – people years to chicken years??? LOL!

  5. My dog got very spoiled today only she didn’t notice because she gets very spoiled every day.

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