Now that it is February, I am reminding all of you that Valentine's Day is just around the corner (February 14, in case you didn't know).
Let's start this little column with a Valentine trivia quiz-
Valentine's Day is named for which of these people?
A. Troy Valentine, former Cherokee police chief
B. Bobby Valentine, former MLB player and manager
C. Ellis Valentine, former Montreal Expo OF
D. Troy Valentine, Chronicle Times Associate Publisher
E. Karen Valentine, the perky young teacher on "Room 222"
F. None of the above
I hope you all answered "F," because that's the correct answer. In doing research, it seems there are different opinions on just who Valentine's Day is named for. Valentine's Day is often called St. Valentine's Day, and I am reasonably sure that none of the selections listed above are saints, so "F" is definitely the correct answer.
There have been, however, at least two St. Valentines.
According to the Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia:
February 14 was traditionally dedicated to two ancient martyrs named Valentine. They are listed in early martyrologies under the date of February 14, which is likely the date of their deaths.There is a third St. Valentine from Africa who was also martyred on February 14, but he did not get a saint's day. Very little historically accurate information exists on any of these Valentines.
The Valentines honored on February 14 are:
Valentine of Rome - a priest in Rome who suffered martyrdom about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland. According to a biography of Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda, the priest was also a doctor who would treat patients even if they could not pay him. It is said his miracle was curing a difficult case of blindness in a young girl.
Valentine of Terni - He became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).
Some sources say the Valentine linked to romance is Valentine of Rome, others say Valentine of Terni. The Bollandists have concluded that the two were originally the same person.
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