Valentine, a Champion of Marriage

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it.”
(Ephesians 5:25)

Valentine, Bishop of Rome, preached that the love of Christ was above devotion to the Emperor. During the persecutions of Claudius II’s reign (268–270), marriage was banned, since Claudius believed single men were better soldiers. Valentine continued to marry couples in secret, because depriving couples of the right of betrothal deprived them, both literally and symbolically, of the right to express their love. Since love, in the Christian tradition, is of God, and loving marriage a path to holiness, Valentine’s act was deemed a form of political resistance.
Provincial Museum of Alberta; Maison Saint-Gabriel; Cupids Museum; Fanshawe Pioneer Village; Musée Colby-Curtis - Société historique de Stanstead; Doon Heritage Crossroads; St. Marys Museum; British Museum, London, England; Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel, Florida, USA

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