St. Valentine, martyrdom and courtly love
March 20, 2015 Comments Off on St. Valentine, martyrdom and courtly love
Saint Valentine is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14, the date of his martyrdom, and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.
He was said to have supported young couples in a time when marriage was banned for young men. Emperor Claudius II desperately needed soldiers, not lovers. In a time in which marriage was prohibited, he secretly performed marriage ceremonies.
Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. 1)Catholic.org
The man was clubbed and beheaded. His body was disinterred and stolen by his followers. They have his skull in a glass reliquary box in Ireland. Not quite the romantic association that I had anticipated. February 14 will never be the same. How is this romantic? Read on.
This is courtly love, breathtaking, romantic and beautiful…
It was an experience between erotic desire and spiritual attainment that now seems contradictory as “a love at once illicit and morally elevating, passionate and disciplined, humiliating and exalting, human and transcendent”.2)Courtly Love
Prayer to Saint Valentine
Giver of Love and Passion,
And He who strings the hearts cords,
Lead the Lovers this day, February ten plus four.
The day during the month of two,
When the date is the perfect number of God
Greater two souls and two hearts.
Some Loves are fleeting,
But that which is built on you will never fail.
So guide the Lovers to know what is to be.
Your truths the Lovers’ mouths should speak,
For Your truth is that which is honest to the heart.
Only this, then, should pass over the red lips of the Lovers.
Your art, the Lovers simply a medium.
It is only with True Hearts that You can create a Masterpiece,
So let the Lovers remember that their Soul’s Desire
Is the one for which You light their Fire.
And let it be You who creates the Art of the Lovers;
The art of two into one.Amen. 3)Prayer to Saint Valentine
I missed Valentine’s Day. And the mood hit.