The Legend of St. Valentine

The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr.  The emperor was Claudius II and the Christian was Valentinus. 

Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and he had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians.  But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ, and not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs.  He was arrested and imprisoned.

During the last weeks of Valentinus' life a remarkable thing happened.  Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentinus for lessons.  She had been blind since birth.

Julia was a pretty, young girl with a quick mind.  Valentinus read stories of Rome's history to her.  He described the world of nature to her.  He taught her arithmetic and told her about God.  She saw the world through his eyes, trusted in his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.

"Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?" Julia asked one day. 

"Yes, my child, He hears each one," he replied.

"Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night?  I pray that I might see.  I want so much to see everything you've told me about!"

"God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him." Valentinus said.

"Oh, Valentinus, I do believe," Julia said intensely. "I do." She knelt and grasped his hand.  Then they prayed together. 

Suddenly there was a brillant light in the prison cell.  Radiant, Julia cried, "Valentinus, I can see!  I can see!"

"Praise be to God!" Valentinus exclaimed. 

On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God, and he sighed it "From your Valentine."

His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory.  He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome.

It is said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.  Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.  On each February 14, St. Valentine's Day, messages of affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around the world.


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Something for Every Sweetheart!

Valentine Bouquet Wreath

Roses & Herbs Mini-Wreath

The mauve roses look and feel real but they're low maintenance silk with a wax treatment. English Ivy, Mosses, and Herbs complete this natural look. Approximately 12 x14" across.  Just $17.99

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Red Rose Mini-Wreath

These Romantic red (silk) roses and red heart bow should get the message across!  Approximately 12x14", it's just $17.99.

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         Valentine Kisses!                  Lover's Bouquet


These full size wreaths are approximately14x18" each.  

"Valentine Kisses" has romantic pink (silk) roses and burgundy mini roses on a bed of Ivy. It's finished with giddy, mauve ting-ting and a kissy-lips bow.  Available for $19.99, plus tax.

"Lover's Bouquet" shows your commitment by giving your Love a permanent  bouquet of Red roses, Baby's breath, and Ferns tied with a Valentine bow. Finished with a contrasting Valentine bow, this wreath is also priced at $19.99, plus tax. 

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