Roses are red,
Violets are blue.....
Chocolates! Jewelry! Date Night! Oh my..... nope that isn't what my Farmer did....
But, do you know what he DID do? Well ..... we will get to that in a bit! Today is the Feast of St. Valentine. St. Valentine was a Catholic priest in Rome during the Christian persecutions of Emperor Claudius the Second. During the time of this persecution St. Valentine assisted the faithful Christians by providing them with the Sacraments. Because he was so faithful to Christ's Church he was persecuted by the Roman pagans and brought to the tribunal and told to renounce his faith. When the emperor discovered that he would not give up the Christian religion in order to worship pagan gods, St. Valentine was executed on the 15th of February in the year 270 A.D.
This is the history of what is commonly called "Valentines" though in the Catholic Faith it is kept as a feast day. A day in which we celebrate one of Christ's brave soldiers who battled for the Truth to win his reward in heaven. It is a called a feast because we celebrate the day on which this saint celebrates his "birthday into heaven." The typical celebration of this day in the Church is a Mass said in honor of St. Valentine.
There are other historical customs that revolve around this day as well though many of them are not of Christian origin. The most popular tradition on this Feast day is the giving of cards to loved ones or a particular person on which you wish to express your love. Growing up we also gave "Valentines" to every member in our class in school. This is a modern invention that came along with the commercialization of St. Valentin's day. Though it is an extension of an old pagan tradition. The heathens use to have the custom of boys drawing the names of girls in honor of their goddess Februata Juno on the 15th of February. When the land was Christianized many saintly priests abolished this custom and replaced it with the drawing of a saint, which was to be imitated in hopes of to increasing Christian virtue over pagan superstition. (Butler's Lives of the Saints, Vol 1 St. Valentine)
So what do we do down on the farm for the Feast of St. Valentine? Well here we love history, and we love traditions, and you might have noticed a wee bit, that we love vintage farm life. What else are we to do but be consistent and celebrate with a little history and tradition!
This year we will all draw a name of a saint to learn more about in hopes of being able to imitate their virtue and goodness along with their love of God. We also celebrate this day with a feast, enjoying some of the goodness of God's gifts. A special gift that He has just given us was a lamb from our far so that it might nourish our bodies on our path to heaven. Down on the farm we enjoy the babies in the spring but life comes full circle when a lamb goes from the field to the freezer. It has been a great reminder of the sacrifice that God made for us by giving us His only Son to open the gates of heaven- the lamb of God. There are so many lessons to be learned when growing and raising your own food and is sure brings an appreciation of the sacrifice that is required. There is another blessing though in knowing that God's creation lived a good life on the green grass protected by our little fence yet free enough to roam around and be as healthy as possible. We will always be thankful for those blessings!
For dessert we will have some treats made with left over Christmas goodies which will remind us of this special day. We gave these candy canes a little St. Valentine's Feast Day twist. In the shape of a shepherd's staff, red and crimson for His blood shed for us, white for His purity. In the shape of His most Sacred Heart that loves us so. Filled with pure white chocolate. One treat for each of the ones He gave for me to love. These little treats are great education tools for young minds as they always remember that St. Valentine's Feast is full of goodies which remind them of Christ and His sacrifice of Love.
What did the Farmer give me for St. Valentine's day? .... He gave me this.......
A blessed Feast of St. Valentine to you all and may we all remember the holy priest who died for the love of Christ on this day! Thank you for stopping by St. Fiacre's Farm!
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