Saint Valentine
SENIOR CITIZEN - Antolin dela Serna (Banat) - February 14, 2020 - 12:00am

Kinsa si St. Valentine? Tinuod ba kini siya na ni-exist? Tingalig o bunga lang kini sa imagination sa mga magsusulat ug mga poets sa unang panahon, sama kanila ni Shakespeare ug Chaucer. Of course, alang sa karon nga generation, ning atong panahon, tinuod gyud ni siya ug dili tinumotumo lang.  Pila na gud ka tuig nga nagsaulog kita sa Valentine’s DAY.

Referring to St. Valentine, ania, atong kutluon kining gikan sa Internet: “He is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics, and beekeepers. By some accounts, St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus about 270.”

Ug kining atong pagsaulog sa Valentine’s Day, isip usa ka lovers’ festival, nagsugod niadto pang 14th century. So, dugay na gyud kaayo kining pagpasidungog ni Valentine kinsa gawas sa iyang pagka-Santos, usa usab siya ka martyr.

Dugang pa: “Saint Valentine was a widely recognized 3rd century Roman Saint, commemorated  in Christianity on February 14, venerated by the Catholic Church, Anglican, ug Lutheran.”and other sects.

Nganong na-martyr man si Saint Valentine? Ania: “Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus about 270. He was buried on the Via Flaminia, and Pope Julius I reportedly built a basilica over his grave. “ So, panahon ni emperor Claudius II Gothicus, gigukod, gi-persecute ang mga Kristiyanos, diin si Valentine, giingon nga gipunggotan sa ulo . Mao kini ang tubag sa pangutana: “how did Valentine die?”

By decapitation. Unsa man ni? “ Decapitation is the complete separation of the head (Latin: caput) from the body. Such an injury is fatal to humans and animals, since it deprives all other organs of the involuntary functions that are needed for the body to function, while the brain is deprived of oxygenated blood and blood pressure.”

Unsa man sala ni Valentine? Dihay balaud ni Claudius nga dili paminyoon ang mga sundalo. Perhaps ang tuyo sa hari mao nga aron mahingpit ang pag-serbisyo sa iyang kasundalohan, ug dili mabalda sa pag-atiman sa pamilya.

Wala motuman niini si Valentine, ug secretly, nagpadayon ang iyang pag-administer sa kaminyoon lakip na sa ubang mga batan-on, gawas sa kasundalohan. Nasuko si Claudius niini. Enter Shakespeare:  “As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Shakespeare and Chaucer  romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.’’

Ug karon, ang industrial revolution mi-ushered in sa mga factory-made cards in the 19th century, ug pagka-1913, ang Hallmark sa Kansas City nag-mass produced og mga greeting cards. Nahimo na kining daku nga negosyo sa Hallmark, hangtud karon. So, niining atong pagsaulog sa Valentine’s Day, ato usab handumon ang pagka-martyr ni St. Valentine. Dili lalim punggotan ka’s ulo.

Ang Grolier’s encyclopaedia nagkanayon: “February 14 is a special day for sweethearts. It was once thought to be the time when birds began to mate and a chubby little love called Cupid aimed his arrows at thehearts of young men and women.” Si St. Valentine natawo niadtong 225 AD sa Terni.  Namatay February 14, 269 sa Roma. .Ang Duke sa New Orleans, gituhoan nga maoy  nagmugna sa uang valentine card.

SAINT VALENTINE
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