St. Valentine of Rome (c. 270) was a priest in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Not much is known about his life with certainty, but according to legend he gave aid to martyrs imprisoned for their faith, and it was for this work, along with his own Christian beliefs, that he was arrested.
One account has it that the emperor banned all marriages and engagements in Rome believing this was the reason Roman men were unwilling to serve in the army. Valentine defied this unjust decree and continued to perform marriages for lovers in secret. He was arrested, and while in prison he restored sight to the jailer’s blind daughter, causing the jailer and his entire extended family, all 46 of them, to immediately convert to Christianity.
Upon hearing this, Emperor Claudius II ordered his execution. St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”
He was beheaded on February 14th.
St, Valentine is the patron saint of bee keepers, betrothed and engaged couples, lovers, love, happy marriages, and young people.
His feast day is February 14th.