Spanish English

For many to think of Valentine is to associate him as the saint of lovers, however, they were far from relating him as the patron of people with epilepsy. History tells us that there were documents in which reference was made to several Christian martyrs named Valentine. So much so that the lack of really demonstrable data on his existence led Pope Paul VI to remove him from the Catholic calendar in 1969. Throughout Europe, several churches in his honor claim to have his relics.
Saint Valentine of Terni, from the 3rd century, is the one we want to commemorate today as the patron saint of lovers and people with epilepsy; His relationship with love is well known. It is known that he was imprisoned for secretly celebrating marriages to the soldiers who had it forbidden and he was executed on February 14, 271 BC. C.
With the English literature of the Middle Ages it would be where his link with love passed into popular tradition, however, his relationship with epilepsy is less known. In the late Middle Ages, epileptic seizures were considered the product of a curse or as the work of satanic forces. One of the stories relates that many people with epilepsy went on a pilgrimage to the Priory of Saint Valentine, a monastery on the border between France and Germany, to spiritually heal themselves from their neurological condition. Epilepsy also used to be known in English as “the falling sickness”, and in German “fallen”, another of the stories tells us that the election as an employer is due to the similarity of pronunciation of Valentin with the word fall in English and german.

San Valentin