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St. Valentine and Terni

The patron of love


St. Valentine and Terni

The feast of St. Valentine on the 14th of February is today known and celebrated around the world, but why is Saint Valentine the patron of lovers and which is his bond with Terni?

The legends about San Valentino are numerous. According to one of them, Valentine lived in the Third Century and dedicated his life to the Christian community. He became the first Bishop of Terni and was the first religious personage to oversee the celebration of marriage between pagans and christians.

That is why Sabinus, a roman legionary, called Valentino to the bedside of the dying girl, Serapia, a young Christian woman whose parents opposed the marriage with the soldier, and asked him to be never separated from his beloved. The bishop baptized him and then united him in marriage to Serapia, after which they both died.

Because of his faith, Valentino was persecuted under the emperor Aureliano and beheaded in Rome on the 14th of February (around 273). His body was taken to Terni and buried there. His relics are kept in the basilica, in a silver statue in a crystal cabinet with a sign: "Saint Valentine patron of love".

St. Valentine and Terni

St. Valentine and Terni

The feast of St. Valentine on the 14th of February is today known and celebrated around the world, but why is Saint Valentine the patron of lovers and which is his bond with Terni?

The legends about San Valentino are numerous. According to one of them, Valentine lived in the Third Century and dedicated his life to the Christian community. He became the first Bishop of Terni and was the first religious personage to oversee the celebration of marriage between pagans and christians.

That is why Sabinus, a roman legionary, called Valentino to the bedside of the dying girl, Serapia, a young Christian woman whose parents opposed the marriage with the soldier, and asked him to be never separated from his beloved. The bishop baptized him and then united him in marriage to Serapia, after which they both died.

Because of his faith, Valentino was persecuted under the emperor Aureliano and beheaded in Rome on the 14th of February (around 273). His body was taken to Terni and buried there. His relics are kept in the basilica, in a silver statue in a crystal cabinet with a sign: "Saint Valentine patron of love".

The patron of love

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St. Valentine and Terni

The feast of St. Valentine on the 14th of February is today known and celebrated around the world, but why is Saint Valentine the patron of lovers and which is his bond with Terni?

The legends about San Valentino are numerous. According to one of them, Valentine lived in the Third Century and dedicated his life to the Christian community. He became the first Bishop of Terni and was the first religious personage to oversee the celebration of marriage between pagans and christians.

That is why Sabinus, a roman legionary, called Valentino to the bedside of the dying girl, Serapia, a young Christian woman whose parents opposed the marriage with the soldier, and asked him to be never separated from his beloved. The bishop baptized him and then united him in marriage to Serapia, after which they both died.

Because of his faith, Valentino was persecuted under the emperor Aureliano and beheaded in Rome on the 14th of February (around 273). His body was taken to Terni and buried there. His relics are kept in the basilica, in a silver statue in a crystal cabinet with a sign: "Saint Valentine patron of love".

St. Valentine and Terni

St. Valentine and Terni

The feast of St. Valentine on the 14th of February is today known and celebrated around the world, but why is Saint Valentine the patron of lovers and which is his bond with Terni?

The legends about San Valentino are numerous. According to one of them, Valentine lived in the Third Century and dedicated his life to the Christian community. He became the first Bishop of Terni and was the first religious personage to oversee the celebration of marriage between pagans and christians.

That is why Sabinus, a roman legionary, called Valentino to the bedside of the dying girl, Serapia, a young Christian woman whose parents opposed the marriage with the soldier, and asked him to be never separated from his beloved. The bishop baptized him and then united him in marriage to Serapia, after which they both died.

Because of his faith, Valentino was persecuted under the emperor Aureliano and beheaded in Rome on the 14th of February (around 273). His body was taken to Terni and buried there. His relics are kept in the basilica, in a silver statue in a crystal cabinet with a sign: "Saint Valentine patron of love".

The patron of love

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