From Common Prayer Pocket Edition: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, put together by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove:
February 14: Valentine of Rome (d. 269). A Christian priest in Rome, Valentine was known for assisting Christians persecuted under Claudius II. After being caught marrying Christian couples and helping Christians escape persecution, Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. Although Emperor Claudius originally liked Valentine, the priest was condemned to death when he tried to convert the emperor. Valentine was beaten with stones, clubbed, and, finally, beheaded on February 14, 269. In the year 496, February 14 was designated a day of celebration in Valentine’s honor. He has since become the patron saint of engaged couples, beekeepers, happy marriages, lovers, travelers, young people, and greetings.
And on a much more frivolous note, Sir Valentine Veiltail, a striking purple-red male betta fish, just became our sixth roommate. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!