Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship." According to legend, in order "to remind these men of their vows and God’s love, Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment", giving them to these soldiers and persecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on St. Saint Valentine supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring, customarily worn on the hands of Christian bishops with an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire; While the European folk traditions connected with Saint Valentine and St.
Valentine's Day have become marginalized by the modern Anglo-American customs connecting the day with romantic love, there are some remaining associations connecting the saint with the advent of spring.
The relics of Saint Valentine were kept in the Church and Catacombs of San Valentino in Rome, which "remained an important pilgrim site throughout the Middle Ages until the relics of St.
Valentine were transferred to the church of Santa Prassede during the pontificate of Nicholas IV".
His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino). Oruch states that "abstracts of the acts of the two saints were in nearly every church and monastery of Europe." The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14.
He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him.
Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius.The patron of love was Saint Anthony, whose day has been celebrated on June 13.Popular modern sources claim links to unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays alleged to be devoted to fertility and love to St.The jailer's daughter and his forty-six member household (family members and servants) came to believe in Jesus and were baptized.A later Passio repeated the legend, adding that Pope Julius I built a church over his sepulchre (it is a confusion with a 4th-century tribune called Valentino who donated land to build a church at a time when Julius was a Pope).In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.Although he was leaving treats, many children were scared of this mystical person.A proverb says that "Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots". It has been celebrated as the day when the first work in the vineyards and in the fields commences.Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) and is said to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian in 273.He is buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location from Valentine of Rome.