St. Valentines Skull – Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome.
Well this may be one of the most beautiful songs by Linkin Park, but as Valentines day is approaching, I wanted to share more than just a box of chocolates and bunch of flowers. I thought I would look into the real meaning behind the special day.
St. Valentine, the patron saint of love and marriage may not have been just one saint. It is possible that the name was given to a series of martyrs. Valentinus is thought to be the Martyr most associated with St. Valentine’s Day as we know it. Proof that he was indeed a real person dates back to the fifteenth century where there is written documentation of him. Also in 1836 relics were exhumed from catacombs in Rome.
Valentinus was a roman priest living during the reign of Claudius II. He was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples, which was considered a crime in pre-Christian Rome. Whilst in prison it is said that he restored the sight of the jailer’s daughter. Claudius took a particular liking to Valentinus until he tried to convert him, whereupon he was immediately sentenced to death. He was stoned and beaten with clubs. Finally he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate in Rome. Legend states that on the eve of his death he sent the Jailer’s daughter a note and signed it From your Valentine.