Feast day: February 14th
When did St. Valentine live: in the third century
Biography of St. Valentine:
Unfortunately, there is little information about St. Valentine and it is uncertain whether St. Valentine is one saint or two saints of the same name. It is believed that Valentine of Rome was a poor priest who healed a blind girl and married young couples even if Emperor Claudius II had released a law forbidding young Christians to marry. This is also the reason why he was beheaded. Relics of St. Valentine are nowadays in the church S. Mary in Cosmedin in Rome. St. Valentine of Terni however was a bishop who healed many and converted his patients to Christianity, which is why he was murdered. St. Valentine is one of the most beloved saints and martyrs.
Patronage: St. Valentine is patron saint of Love, happy marriages and young people and of engaged couples
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Valentine - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Valentine is shown as a bishop miter, crosier, book and cock as a symbol of the sacrifice of his life.