Beautiful and unique medal honoring St. Valentine.
St. Valentine was a 3rd century priest in Rome at the time of Emperor Claudias. Claudius persecuted the church at that time and had issued a proclamation that didn't allow young people to marry. His theory was that unmarried soldiers fought better that married soldiers because married soldiers were afraid of what might happen to their families if they died. Valentine encouraged these young couples to marry in the church and he did so secretly because of the proclamation. He was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured. St. Valentine healed the daughter of a prefect called Asterius who was to judge him and converted the entire family to Christianity. Valentine was sentenced to execution because of his stand for Christian marriage. The last words he wrote to Asterius' daughter in a note was "from your Valentine". The inspiration for today's romantic notes on St. Valentine's Day.
St. Valentine is the patron of lovers. His feast is celebrated on February 14.
Hand cast St. Valentine medal in bronze is suspended from handmade bone bracelet with a pink sea glass bead from Africa. Medal is 3/4".
PRAYER TO ST. VALENTINE
Dear Lord, who art high in the Heavens,
Giver of Love and Passion,
And He who strings the heart’s 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.