Bloody Valentine: The Horror Of The Cross And The Love Of God
Today is Friday the 13th of February and that means tomorrow we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Two days back-to-back that most people recognize as being very different. Friday the 13th is most famous for being the name of a horror film franchise about a knife-wielding psychopath named Jason. These movies were very successful and created such a cultural stigma around the date that movie studios regularly release horror films on Fridays that fall on the 13th day of the month, if at all possible. But that’s not where it started.
Friday the 13th wasn’t an arbitrary date some screenwriter chose. The number thirteen has long been considered an unlucky number. Most people trace this back to the thirteen people seated around the table at the Last Supper—one of them being a traitor whose betrayal would ultimately result in the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday. So put thirteen and Friday together and the worst is sure to happen. That’s the superstition anyway.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of love. Where boys buy girls flowers and candy, and take them to nice restaurants, and so on… but why? In the Third Century there was an emperor named Claudias who had banned soldiers from getting married. He believed a single solider was an undivided solider. Church tradition says that a Roman Priest named Valentine started preforming undercover weddings for these soldiers. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to death. February 14th is the day the Church believes Saint Valentine was beheaded, thus the day is named after him.
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