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This is a Saint Valentine themed page, focusing on the Christian martyr Saint Valentine (died 3rd century, Rome; feast day February 14) whose legend inspired the lover's holiday Valentine's Day.   According to tradition, he was a Roman priest and physician who died during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus and was buried on the Via Flaminia.   Saint Valentine is believed to have been executed for performing secret marriages at a time when young men were forbidden to wed ( the Emperor Claudius II maintained that single men made the best soldiers). While awaiting execution in prison, it is said that Valentine befriended Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer. On the eve of his execution he sent her a note containing a yellow crocus and the message, "From your Valentine".  Upon receiving the note, Julia is believed to have looked down at the crocus and to have seen for the first time in her life.  In AD 498 Pope Gelasius named February 14 Saint Valentine's Day to acknowledge the miracle and the crocus became known as St Valentine's flower.   The legend of the bishop of Terni, Italy (also called Valentine and martyred in Rome) may refer to the same person.

Above you can see how one might add a title to the sample graphic.   A blank of the title clip art is in the .zip file below.  If you don't have a graphic program capable of doing that, e-mail me and I will do it for you as time allows.  Below you will find the graphic divider and bullet designed for this page.    Blank buttons plus samples are included as shown on the page in the zip file. Valentine coordinating navigation graphics that could be placed at the bottom of each page if appropriate are also included.

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bullet Prior to the creation of the new Catholic calendar (1969), the church in Rome that had been dedicated to Saint Valentine observed his feast day by, among other things, displaying his reputed skull surrounded by roses.
bullet In 1836, relics that were exhumed from the catacombs of Saint Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina were identified with St Valentine and placed in a gilded casket.  The relics were transported and donated to the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland by Pope Gregory XVI.  Tourists visit the saintly remains on St. Valentine's Day, when the casket is carried in solemn procession to the high altar for a special Mass dedicated to young people and all those in love.
bullet Until 1969, the Catholic Church formally recognized a total of eleven Valentine's days.  Besides February 14, these include January 7, May 2, July 16, August 31, September 2, October 25, November 1 and November 3, November 11, November 13, and December 16.  Valentin Faustino Berri Ochoa, whose saint's day is November 1, lived in the nineteenth century.  The Orthodox Church recognizes a somewhat different list of Valentine's days.
bullet In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be.  They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week.  To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
bullet The first valentine on record was sent in 1415 by Charles, duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.  The valentine is on display in the British Library.  In the 1840s a Massachusetts woman called Esther Howland came up with the idea of mass-producing Valentine's Day cards; now, about a billion are sent yearly.

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Font used for the sample title and buttons above is called: "Parchment"

To save, you may download the .zip file which includes the Christian Saint Valentine graphics, clip art, instructions and HTML template.  Do not link to the graphics on this page!  Please note that this set is free to use on personal websites only (donations are always appreciated).  Those sites that hope to generate income (business site) there is a one time $10 minimum requested donation payable through Pay Pal.

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Whether it is a commercial or personal web site, a text link to this site MUST appear on all pages you use these designs on.  Below is a suggested format:

Christian Saint Valentine web theme set courtesy of  CCG logo  Crystal Cloud Graphics.


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