St Valentines Day (Lupercalia) 0213

St Valentines Day (Lupercalia)

When pagan Rome became “Christian”, many “fun” pagan holidays became inappropriate. Ancient traditions are repeated annually, blindly, and superstitiously for religious reasons. But also just for the fun of it. The Roman Empire would assimilate other conquered societies in part by creating new Roman traditions to replace those of conquered people. Over time, the old ways would be forgotten.

Something strange happened when pagan Rome realized that they couldn’t stop the spread of Christianity. They legalized it and assimilated it!

All means of control of pagan Rome was moved into this new ( and unbiblical) christian church. Caesar became pope, senators became bishops, pagan temples became christian basilicas, governors became priests . The priesthood of all believers was seperated into clergy and laity. The church of Jesus Christ suffered a pagan coup. God’s Word was replaced by the pope and mass. Tradition upon traditions would corrupt christian practice. Over time, our very image of what christianity is was replaced. The relationship with God established by God’s grace through faith was replaced by a religion of control , ritual, and idolatry, right before their eyes. Regeneration, repentance, and salvation was replaced by universal baptism of unredeemed, mass, and empty works. God’s Word and literacy was replaced by liturgy, ritual and illiteracy. Prayers to God was replaced by prayers to angels, demons, and dead people. Clergy and church leadership replaced the priesthood of all believer. Communion became idolatry. Intimate service, compassion, and love became mechanical and repetitive liturgy, entertainment, mysticism and idolatry. The pagan practices were disguised as holy ones. The appearance of piety forced acceptance of pagan practices under the guise of religiosity.

This was the case with the Roman Pagan festival called Lupercalia.

The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome,[7] explaining the name of the festival, Lupercalia, or “Wolf Festival.” The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine Hill (the central hill where Rome was traditionally founded), to expiate and purify new life in the Spring. A known Lupercalia festival of 44 BC attests to the continuity of the festival.

William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar begins during the Lupercalia, with the tradition described above. Mark Antony is instructed by Caesar to strike his wife Calpurnia, in the hope that she will be able to conceive:

CAESAR

Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,
The barren touched in this holy chase,
Shake off their sterile curse.

The pope decided to christianize this festival and created St Valentine’s Day.

[The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all — at least not in the traditional sense. Father Frank O’Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the real story of the man behind the holiday — St. Valentine.

“He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time,” Father O’Gara explains. ” He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.”

“I think we must bear in mind that it was a very permissive society in which Valentine lived,” says Father O’Gara. “Polygamy would have been much more popular than just one woman and one man living together. And yet some of them seemed to be attracted to Christian faith. But obviously the church thought that marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life and that it was to be encouraged. And so it immediately presented the problem to the Christian church of what to do about this.”

“The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.”

Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.

“One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, who’s daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.”

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”

“What Valentine means to me as a priest,” explains Father O’Gara, “is that there comes a time where you have to lay your life upon the line for what you believe. And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do that — even to the point of death.”

Valentine’s martyrdom has not gone unnoticed by the general public. In fact, Whitefriars Street Church is one of three churches that claim to house the remains of Valentine. Today, many people make the pilgrimage to the church to honor the courage and memory of this Christian saint.

“Valentine has come to be known as the patron saint of lovers. Before you enter into a Christian marriage you want some sense of God in your life — some great need of God in your life. And we know, particularly in the modern world, many people are meeting God through his Son, Jesus Christ.”]
(700 club web post)

There is so much myth and misinformation here. Replacing the pagan fertility festival rite of Lupercalia with story of a christian who encouraged marriage and civil disobedience is sick. The Roman Catholic Church also promotes superstitions in the power of relics and built basilicas and churches to house such relics. The body parts of saints are elevated to near divinity status and given the power to forgive sins. The pope further corrupted the account to justify clergy at a time when christianity saw all believers as priests. None of this is biblical. Its just another of the countless lies and heresies of Roman Catholicism.

Today, St Valentine’s day is a Hershey, Hallmark and florist commercialized moment that mixes chastity with promiscuity, and love with lust. On a spiritual level, it blurs the line between worthless worldliness and false holiness. Christians and Catholics use the occasion to quote bible passages of love and devotion, as if the Bible commands the celebration of any holiday. The sad truth is that there is no biblical reason to celebrate this holiday nor a reason to abstain from it, unless you give up chocolate for lent or see lent or any season of the church calendar as biblically necessary or it compels you to pray to anything or one other than God.
One other thing I find disturbing about St Valentine. Catholics call him a patron saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, … And pray to this dead guy in superstitious hope of blessing or protection. None of this is biblical. All patron saints are not biblical. They are idolatry and pagan, though.

Some of you are probably thinking – so what! St Valentine’s day is harmless, pointless, or just a romantic holiday. Atheists would agree and expand the argument to include Christianity. Their point is more consistant than that of Christians observing religiously a holiday that Biblically is bogus. Some would probably reach the conclusion that Christianity is as bogus as Catholicism. It weakens the faith of some. That makes non biblical Catholic holidays dangerous, a form of the spirit of antichrist. I cannot in good faith observe any unbiblical tradition started by Catholics or practiced by Protestants, Catholics, or secularists.

So enjoy St valentine’s day if you must. But keep in mind where it came from, why it was created, and why it is perpetuated. I wonder if St Patrick, St Olef, or St Nickolas ever wondered why they did either!

God bless

Az4christ.Wordpress.com

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~ by az4christ on February 14, 2013.

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