In the Middle Ages, Valentine’s Day was celebrated by giving anonymous gifts to the poor.
As Valentine’s Day has become a day to express your love to someone special in your life, it originally included a tradition of give anonymous gifts to the poor.
The American Ecclesiastical Review at the beginning of the 20th century recounts this tradition.
In medieval times it seems to have been the special occasion to make anonymous donations to the poor and friends in general.
This tradition is also recorded in The Christian workwhere it says: “Saint Valentine was a good bishop… who was beheaded in the third century, who was known for his love and charity and whose life has been commemorated by anonymous donations.”
Little has been written about this tradition, but it is probably inspired by the life of Saint Valentine, who was known for his charitable works and his care for the poor.
If you’re looking for another way to commemorate Valentine’s Day and don’t want to give in to the materialism surrounding it now, consider this unique tradition of giving gifts to the poor.
When you give alms, do not sound the trumpet in front of you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, let your left hand not know what your right is doing, so that your alms may be secret.. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.