Graceful Perseverance: The Romantic Holiday

Welcome back everyone! This was a special week, a holiday week for sweethearts, lovers, and also for anyone who desires to extend their love and affection to the special valentine in their lives.

February 14, Valentine’s Day, is also known as The Feast of Saint Valentine, which is celebrated worldwide, Бокалы шампанского и подарочная коробкаeven though it’s not officially considered a holiday on other countries’ calendars. The Feast of Saint Valentine is observed by many spiritual, Christian and Non-Denominational churches by sending greeting cards and gifts, and hosting services in churches such as:

  • Anglican Communion
  • Eastern Orthodox Churches
  • Lutheran Churches
  • Catholic Churches
  • Non-Denominational Churches

Here are some historical, fun facts many of you may not know. Christian martyrs were named “Valentine.” Examples included: the Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and the Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Saint Valentine baptizing Saint Lucilla Jacopo BassanoValentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 496 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. Another relic was Valentine of Terni from Dublin, Ireland, who was from the Carmelite Church. This man became a bishop around AD 197 and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. Both Valentines were buried on the Via Flaminia.

220px-St-valentine_110921-01Valentine legends are fascinating. The first was The Golden Legend, which, according to Henry Ansgar Kelly, was told centuries after it happened, and widely repeated. On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first “valentine” card himself and addressed it to the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. The card was signed “Your Valentine.” The expression “From your Valentine” was later adopted by modern Valentine letters. This legend has since been used by both American Greetings and The History Channel.

240px-Antique_Valentine_1909_01Another legend I didn’t know about was that Saint Valentine supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring with an image of Cupid engraved on it. The ring was customarily worn on the hands of Christian bishops. Cupid was a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire; Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask these bishops to perform a marriage ceremony for them. More than likely, due to the association with Saint Valentine, the amethyst, which is thought to attract love, then became the birthstone for February.

This romantic holiday, the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed in other countries like: China, Finland, Estonia, France, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Latin America, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Wales, although their customs and celebrations are more limited in marketing efforts compared to the US.

I’d like to wish everyone worldwide a Happy Valentine’s Day or Happy Feast of Saint Valentine! May everyone extend love and affection around the world on this day and beyond!

From Your Valentine,
Debra M. Pauli

Two birds in love

* References from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

 

 

 

About Debra Pauli

Debra’s life story is truly a testimony of an incredible amount of courage to survive one of the most catastrophic child abuse cases ever recorded in Missouri history. With absolutely amazing strength to overcome a childhood foundation built on daily terror, torment and near-death experiences, Debra has conquered a very horrendous life, and today convinces everyone thru her blogs, books, passion and raw honesty that what they're desperately searching for already lies within. Over several years, Debra prevailed the path of self-destruction, self-doubt and complete life regression, and instead dedicated her mind, body and soul to a life of healing from the inside out, rather than the path of self-destruction. She shares her life lessons, and faith-based teachings to her followers in order to incorporate her years of successful strategies into their work life and personal life. As a woman who has proven time and time again her profound passion to conquer life, Debra's followers are changed forever when she reveals the true meaning in life, why it’s important to take risks when pursuing dreams, and how to focus on the gifts we’ve been given, rather than concentrating on our short comings. Her powerful faith-based blogs and books are engrained, everlasting and timeless for everyone, as her raw truth and humor teaches all of us to embrace every day with the right attitude – good things happen and bad things are only a test! As a successful author and blogger, Debra brings 30+ years of expertise to her readers and followers alike. Debra attended Rochester Community College and Winona State University in Rochester Minnesota, receiving a degree in Psychology and Sociology. For the past 31 years Debra has evolved into an executive, professional, entrepreneur who started her own book publishing company, written and self-published six books, with more on the way. Today Debra is a professional faith-based blogger with over 338,370 followers on social media. Today Debra resides in California with her husband. She is the mother of four sons, a grandmother of nine grand babies (6 girls/3 boys), and a mentor to thousands of followers who are drawn to her inner strength, perseverance, and passion for life through her books and blogging. Debra has been a professional faith-based blogger since 2010 with more than 338,370 followers of her blog café. You can also follow Debra on social networks such as Facebook, Cambridge Who’s Who, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Blog Cafe, as well as many other social networks. Debra Pauli is the author of six books - A Survivor's Closet 2003, . . . And then there was LIGHT 2004, Why we Cry for a Soul set Free 2005, Once Upon a Man (frog or prince) 2013, Saving Three Leaves on a Tree (me, myself and I) 2014 and Where is God (a testimony of conviction) 2015.
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