Book of Saints – Valentine – 14 February

detail of an altar piece showing Saint Valentine, date and artist unknown; Abbey Church of Our Lady, Guebwiller, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France; photographed on 11 May 2015 by Ralph Hammann; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Martyr (February 14) (3rd century) A Roman priest who, with Saint Marius and his family, assisted the Martyrs in the persecution under the Emperor Claudius II. He was beheaded as a Christian about A.D. 270. But modern research has raised many doubts about the genuineness of the tradition concerning him. The custom of sending so-called “Valentines” on February 14 has no connection with the history of the Saint, but is probably of Pagan origin.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Valentine”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 July 2016. Web. 20 February 2019. <>