The Story behind Valentine’s Day

Posted by Eric Hoheisel, Senior Pastor on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I thought some of you would find this bit of information I found about Valentine’s Day enlightening…..

 “ A Christian priest in Rome, Valentine was known for assisting Christians persecuted under Claudius II.  After being caught marrying Christian couples and helping Christians escape persecution, Valentine was arrested and imprisoned.  Although Claudius originally like Valentine, he was condemned to death when he tried to convert the emperor.  Valentine was beaten with stones, clubbed, and, finally, beheaded on February 14, 269.  In the year 496, February 14 was named as a day of celebration in Valentine’s honor.”

 So how exactly did we get to cupid and arrows from there?


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Rev. Eric Hoheisel Rev. Eric Hoheisel is the Pastor of the Oaklyn Baptist Church in Oaklyn, NJ, and is a past moderator of the Greater Delaware Valley Association of the American Baptist Churches of NJ. Previously he served as the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Jamestown, Ohio, and as an Interim Pastor at Washington Community Fellowship, Washington D.C. Pastor Hoheisel is a 1995 graduate of Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) and a 1984 graduate of Wittenberg University (Ohio). Prior to his service as Pastor, Rev. Hoheisel served as Executive Director of Love & Action, a Christian ministry to men, women and children with HIV/AIDS (1990-1992). There he developed and conducted educational seminars and workshops for churches and helped coordinate a national network of like-minded ministries. From 1987-1990 he worked in Washington D.C. doing urban mission work through Youth with a Mission. At the time he also served on a steering committee for the Congressional Staff Fellowship. Prior to entering ministry, Eric was a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in the area of Telecommunications Policy. Pastor Hoheisel has two sons, Will and Luke. His wife, Jennifer, is a Professor of Philosophy at Camden County College. Rev. Hoheisel has a special heart for prayer and spiritual formation issues. He also greatly enjoys finding the connections between spirituality and the fine arts. Pastor Eric conducts a five session workshop on prayer. For more information on this workshop, please contact the church office.

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