Who Is Saint Valentine?

By Destiny Padilla

Saint Valentine, the original Cupid, originated in Rome during the third century. There are two popular legends that surfaced from this time. As one of the famous legends goes, he was originally a priest and physician until he got put behind bars. He not only healed his jailer’s daughter from blindness, he also befriended her. As he wrote letters to her from jail, he always signed, “From your Valentine”.

The second legend states that Saint Valentine secretly married couples so that the husbands were not forced to go into war, this defined the Emperor’s orders. Emperor Claudius ll executed Saint Valentine and another man who shared the same last name. Their execution was on February 14, therefore people worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day on that day.