Saint Valentines Ring

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Valentines Ring | Irish Jewellery
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Irish Valentines ring in gold - symbolising a promise of love forever.

Inspired by the patron Saint of engagements, happy marriages and love.

The relics of Saint Valentine can be found in Whitefriar Street in Dublin.

It's believed that on February 14 278AD, Valentine was executed for defying Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor ruled that marriages and engagements were to be banned, but Valentine, then working as a holy priest, continued to marry couples in private.

Irish couples will be spending St Valentine's Day a lot closer to this third-century saint than they may know.

In fact Saint Valentines bones are kept safe in Dublin.

On Valentines day the faithful come from far and wide to pray in the Carmelite Whitefriar Street Church. In the 18th century building, an alarmed casket contains St Valentine's bones and even a vial of his blood.

A small inscription on the box reads: 'This shrine contains the sacred body of Saint Valentinus the Martyr, together with a small vessel tinged with his blood.' The relics have been in the Dublin church since 1836, when Dublin was gifted them by Pope Gregory XVI.

Although the church regularly has visitors in to pay respects to the Patron Saint of Engagement on Valentines day, there is a notable rise in pilgrims at that time of year, according to the church's priest. "A lot of young couples come in, especially after they just got engaged. I've also seen young couples come here and actually propose,"  "When I'm around the relics, I feel the care and concern people have for each other. That's what St Valentine was all about."

 It's believed that on February 14 278AD, Valentine was beaten with clubs and then executed by beheading for defying Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor ruled that marriages and engagements were to be banned, but Valentine, then working as a holy priest, continued to marry couples in private. He is also the Patron Saint of happy marriages, against fainting, beekeepers, love, plague and epilepsy.

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