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A great reason to celebrate St. Valentine's Day!

The real St. Valentine was a champion of true love, a Christian bishop with a strong faith.

He was imprisoned and sentenced to death for helping Christian soldiers to marry. This was against the orders of Roman Emperor Claudius II who had outlawed marriage because he believed that the result would be stronger and better soldiers. While St. Valentine was in prison, Asterius his jailer, asked Valentine to use his faith to heal his daughter, Julia, who was blind. As a result both Asterius and Julia were converted to Christianity and Valentine fell in love with Julia. The night before his execution he left a final note for Julia and signed it, “from your Valentine.” Sadly, he was executed on 14 February, 270 AD and buried at the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia planted a pink blossomed almond tree near his grave and that it is still there today as a symbol of lasting love and friendship.

Take a look below to learn more about the great FREE resources we offer to assist your family or ministry in celebrating real love at Valentine's!

FREE Activity and Coloring Book with any new subscription to the Friends and Heroes DVD Club!

The Friends and Heroes DVD Club allows children to receive a new Friends and Heroes DVD every month. You can even have the DVDs shipped to a second address as a gift, complete with a card from Macky! There's even a Club for churches!

For a limited time, you can receive a FREE Activity and Coloring Book in your first DVD shipment with a new Club membership. Use the coupon code FRBK0215 during checkout.

Celebrating St. Valentine at home

Looking for great ways to celebrate St. Valentine's Day with your spouse and children? Check out our blog post, More than Chocolates and Roses.

It's loaded with great suggestions to help your family have a Valentine's Day that is heartfelt and fun without blowing your budget.

Download our FREE Valentine's resources

Your children can have fun and dig into what the Bible says about real love in 1 Corinthians 13 with our Valentine's Wordsearch.

Remember the real reason to celebrate with our St. Valentine's Day Bible Flashcards.

Both are our FREE Valentine's gift to your family.

View our FREE What about Love? music video!

Based on the song What about Love?, from our music CD What about Love? this video is beautiful and moving for children and adults alike.

Plus, it reminds us of God's love for us, which gives us all a real reason to celebrate this February.

Click here to learn more about our music CD What about Love?