Sweet Charity

“February is a special month with many myths and

Today, February 2nd, has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition
of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed
for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter
would be. Germans expanded on the concept, by selecting an animal
as a means of predicting weather. Thus its called Groundhog Day.

Valentine’s Day, another interesting fable, as the story goes,
began with a priest, who’s name was St Valentine. It is
told that he was put in prison for conducting
marriages for soldiers, which was forbidden.
He fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and
the night before his execution he sent her a
card of love, and signed his name,
“From your Valentine”

Whatever story is true, this day has been recognized as a
special day, celebrating with red and pink roses, candies,
chocolates and confectionary sweets.

Victorian Period Embellished Cards

The first commercial valentines in America were
printed in the mid-1800s…Because it was thought that
the avian mating season begins in mid-February, birds
along with hearts became a symbol of the day.

However love is expressed, in these heart
felt traditions, there is a Love that
seeks His own, One that first loved us…
I spoke to grace
she spoke not back
I spoke to trust
she turned her face
I spoke to hope
These too did fail
I spoke to love
It spoke back
Of all these three
Sweet Charity never fails

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