A Day to Celebrate Love


Arch_valentine_wishes_web_2 OF COURSE today’s art had to be LOVE – this week’s Gothic Arch Challenge is of course to celebrate Valentine’s Day & mine is called ‘Valentine Wishes’ & to all people everywhere I pray the Love of God abound in & over your lives today.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

This is a link to a full explanation of the history of Saint Valentine’s Day, however, the snippet I like that fits my art at the moment is:

The Europeans believed that on February 14th the birds began to choose their mates. In fact Chaucer, in his "Parlement of Foules," wrote: "For this was Seynt Valentine’s Day when every foul cometh ther to choose his mate."

John Donne wrote:

    Hail Bishop Valentine! whose day this is;
    All the air is thy diocese,
    And all the chirping choristers
    And other birds are thy parishioners:
    Thou marryest ever year
    The lyric lark and the grave whispering dove;
    The sparrow that neglects his life for love,
    The household bird with the red stomarcher;
    Thous mak’st the blackbird speed as soon,
    As doth the goldfinch or the halcyon . . .
    This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
    This day which might inflame thyself, old Valentine!

Love_letters_in_red_webThe Christian tradition of drawing names on St. Valentine’s Eve continued in England and other places. The tradition of birds choosing their mates on St. Valentine’s Day led to the idea that boys and girls would do the same. Now when a youth drew a girl’s name, he wore it on his sleeve, and attended and protected her during the following year. This made the girl his valentine and they exchanged love tokens throughout the year. Later this was changed to only men giving love tokens to females, usually without names but signed "with St. Valentine’s Love."  I made a special gift for my DH for Valentine’s Day, but I want to give it to him, before I give it to the world………..so you will have to wait until tomorrow to see it!  Stay tuned.

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