St. Valentine’s Day – a Liturgical Celebration, then a Romantic Holiday
St. Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to wed. As a farewell before his execution he wrote a letter and signed it “Your Valentine.”
In the High Middle Ages it turned into a day for romantic love. Lovers showed their adoration for each other by giving flowers, candy and greeting cards, known as “valentines.” After the 19th century the handwritten valentines became greeting cards, and now e-cards, Facebook messages, texts and emails.
Music is Used to Express All Kinds of Love
You can feel a spiritual and/or romantic connection by listening to some beautiful music – classical, religious, jazz, new age, popular or another kind. Music can enhance a romantic connection. Music can help you feel a sense of gratitude for life, for the beauty and love that’s all around you. The harmony in the music will transfer to inner harmony, which leads to good will and love for others. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be either/or (spiritual or romantic). It’s about all kinds of harmony and love. What is your favorite song about love?
If music be the food of love, play on. – Shakespeare, Twelfth Night