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The Rockin' Rev February 2019

ROCKIN REVas published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

St Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day, or St Valentine's Day, is celebrated every year on the 14th February. It's the day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers, or chocolates with messages of love
Here are some fun-facts about St Valentine's Day


  • St Valentine’s day is the second biggest ‘event’ of the calendar year following Christmas. It has been estimated that the UK will spend around £880 million on St Valentine’s Day. On average men will spend twice as much as women

  • Most florists will increase the cost of their flowers, especially roses by approximately 30% during the week leading up to Valentine’s day 

  • There is an increase in the sales of pregnancy tests during the month of March, due to all those wonderful romantic interludes on St Valentine’s Day 

ROCKIN REV 02-201BTo find the origins of St Valentine’s Day we have to go way back in history. The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories that circulate as to who he was. The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death
The prison-keeper had a daughter and it’s said that Valentine taught the prison-keeper’s daughter about Jesus and cured her of blindness. Because of this a friendship of love and kindness was made between Valentine and the prison-keeper’s daughter
The night before Valentine was put to death, he wrote a note to the prison-keeper’s daughter. He thanked her for being so loving, helpful and kind. He signed the note “Your Valentine”
So, Valentine’s Day became a special day, a day when people say thank-you to others for being loving, helpful and kind. It ROCKIN REV 02-201Dall started from the story of Valentine, a follower of Jesus, and the prison-keeper’s daughter, who showed love and kindness

The story of Valentine and the prison-keeper’s daughter isn’t a story of romantic love, all of hugs and kisses. The story of Valentine and the prison-keeper’s daughter is a story of courageous love. The prison-keeper’s daughter put her own life in danger to care for a helpless man. Valentine and the prison-keeper’s daughter shared a love of Jesus and a love for each other. They put into practice what Jesus had taught, “Love one another ”

Rev Brian Hall
Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

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