St. Valentine’s Day is upon us.

In history, there are several martyred Christians named Valentine. Valentine of Rome was martyred in 269. His crowned skull is exhibited in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and other relics are found at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin. Valentine of Ternia, martyred in 273, has his relics at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni. Both were buried in Via Flaminia.

The most popular legend states that Saint Valentine performed Christian marriages for the Roman troops. Emperor Claudius II, believing single men made better soldiers, did not allow them to marry. Saint Valentine would wear a ring with Cupid, the God of Love, engraved in the amethyst stone.

St. Valentine’s Day has become a popular celebration for couples. Enjoy your St. Valentine’s Day with your special someone.

Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Michael Pennington is a physical therapist and the owner of Turning Point Physical Therapy, which is located in beautiful southern Oregon. He is a loving husband, father of six and a master of his trade. Before studying at Pacific University, Michael earned his Eagle Scout and served a full-time 2 year mission in south Africa. He is as accomplished as he is hard working. Al l of his experiences culminate together at his clinic and are evident in his patient care.
Mike Pennington

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