Saint Valentine died in 270 A.D. His skull is kept in Rome, while his waxed body is kept inside an altar in a Church in Missouri, USA.
Old Saint Ferdinand’s Shrine in Florissant Missouri have a 1740 year old saint kept as a wax figure. Not only inside the Church, but inside the altar it self.
The saint is Valentine, which Papal day of remembrance in February the 14th, the day lovers give each other gifts.
The head of the waxed saint is obviously a copy. Because the “holy skull” of Valentine is kept for display in a Church in Rome. The Church is Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin.
The Catholic Church in Florissant, Missouri is located 17 highway miles northwest of downtown Saint Louis. This is perhaps the oldest church in the Louisiana Purchase territory, dating from 1819.
The “Old Cathedral” we know today was built in 1834. While it is an older congregation, the church building at St. Ferdinand is the oldest structure surviving by fourteen years.
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Relics of St. Valentine, thought to be a gift of the King of France to Bishop Louis DuBourg, are in a wax replica of St. Valentine in front of the altar.
Inside this Church, you will also find the relics of Mother Duchesne. She was declared venerable in 1900, beatified in 1940, and canonized in 1988.
The museum has a collection of dolls in historical nuns’ habits. The loss of the habit after the Second Vatican Council seems to have led to a loss of identity in some religious orders.
This is the words of a visitor of this Catholic shrine:
Under the altar is a wax effigy, containing relics of Saint Valentine, Roman martyr, from A.D. 270. As a young child visiting this church, I was horrified by this dead body under the altar, and to make it worse, it was the Saint of Valentine’s Day greeting card fame!
To keep a corpse inside the altar of a Church, is nothing but demonic. It is the very mother of all religious insanity presented as “Christianity” . The only difference between keeping an embalmed Lenin in the Kremlin and a corpse of a Catholic saint, is that the Communists do not claim to be Christians.
Let the living saints of Jesus understand warn others. Because the supporters of the papal system are on their bumpy ride towards the eternal flames of Hell. Everlasting pain and agony will be their very rewards for this kind of wickedness.
How positively awful.Thank you for exposing this as I had no idea that St Valentine had Catholic origins in such a detestable way. Oh how the world loves valentines day! I am ashamed to the bottom of my heart that as a Christian to date I have thought of this as ok.
Each time I read an exposed article from Ivar, I am more aware of how deeper and deeper the pope and his believers are digging their way down.
I simply ownly pray that they see the truth “Christ our Messiah and the Only” before it’s too late.
very few, even among professing Christians, know how deeply embedded Catholicism is in our culture. At least here in the US it is.
The pastors of the true church have no business teaching and condoning the honoring of these dates of Catholic origin.
But then they seem to be guiding their flocks right into the arms of the Pope himself with their ecumenical activities.
very distressing to me because I left the Catholic church when I was saved, and I will never go back.
I have friends that I have fellowshipped with at one time, that have gone back to attending the Mass.
I blame the pastors who water down the gospel, never teach in depth any doctrine, and join ecumenical activities. That’s the perfect way to prepare people to foolishly join the harlot’s church.
Thank you for this post. Would like to point out though saints and their relics (i.e. bodies, clothing, etc.) are not “adored”, but merely venerated and revered. Adoration implies worship, and conveying that to anyone other than the one true triune God would be idolatry. Saints are venerated much like the way photographs and possessions of loved ones are treasured, but even more so. They have achieved in their lifetime, with God’s grace, saintly holiness, by the way they lived. Therefore their bodies were temples of the Holy Spirit in the truest sense. That is why their relics are given a special place in the Church.
Just wanted to provide a little bit of clarification for those who seek it. Thank you very much! God bless you.
Shalom, and welcome to this site.
The Roman Catholic Church have many explanations for why Catholics should not follow the instruction of God of the Bible.
The living saints are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The dead do no longer have any power, besides what demons might give them.
The dead are supposed to be buried, and will face the final judgment. The RCC loot their graves, bring the skulls and bones into their Churches, and bow down to them, and kiss them.
“I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”
The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Leave these mockers, and beg for mercy. And Jesus the Messiah will save you. If not, all your good intentions, will bring you into the eternal fire of Hell.
Thank you for this. You are wonderful. To the others, there is more than one St. Valentine by the way… And to the others here, we do follow the Bible. You need to study actual Catholic Doctrine instead of believing rumors and so called research from others. The information that comes from you on this site has not been backed up by science, the Catholic Church does have DNA evidence by the way, and in regards to the saints, I completely love how Samantha puts it below.
“Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, ‘God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place'” (Exod 13:19)
“So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb” (Mark 6:27-9)
Please, read your scriptures better before condemning.
To compare honoring someone (i.e., St. Valentine) who was killed for his faith in Jesus Christ with an atheist and despiser of the Faith could be considered a sin against the Holy Spirit (see Mark 3:28-30).
Dear Matthew W.L.
Shalom, and welcome to this site.
I am not a skull expert. But someone told me, that some of the skulls kept for display inside Roman Catholic Churches, are not of humans.
What do you think?
Its difficult to verify its origin, since there was no DNA test done on the deceased man, or animal.
Feel free to read through the full list of skull and bones articles.
Matthew W.I.Dunn said to Ivar:”Please, read your scriptures better before condemning.”
I can’t help but reply to the scriptures you gave to support what the Catholics do with their dead “Saints.” So, my question to you is: From the scriptures you gave, where does it say to dig up the bones, put them in open display and venerate them? How about any where in the Bible does it say that?
P.S. I do think Ivar should be careful before condemning. In fact, he should not be doing that at all.
I do believe everything that Ivar replies from now or states, Victoria you will have a problem with. There is no condemnation in Ivar’s response to Matthew.
Isn’t better for you to strongly disagree with someone, and show them the way to Christ by giving them scriptures, then to sit there and placate someone?
You falsely judge me, not everything Ivar says from now on I have a problem with. Maybe you are guilty of what you falsely accuse me of? Maybe everything I say for now on you will have a problem with?
I told the truth. Now, the Bible says don’t play favorites, Gloria, you favored Ivar over the truth. No one should condemn others. And, the Bible does not say to dig up bones, display and venerate them. Now stop trying to correct me where there is no correction to be done.
Your comment: I told the truth. Now, the Bible says don’t play favorites, Gloria, you favored Ivar over the truth.
My Comment: One of the silliest comments I’ve ever heard.
God’s Word is the truth!
I spoke God’s Word. We are not to condemn others, and we are not to play favorites. What’s so silly about that?
“Sola Scriptura” (by Scripture alone) is unbiblical, It does not appear in the Bible.
The reason saints’ bodies are displayed, is because they have defied all laws of physics and been preserved, without embalming or any special conditions. They did not even mummify; they’re just preserved. This, as far as can be explained, is clearly a miracle and a validation of viewing them as saints. It’s earthly evidence of the divine.
If God wanted them to be buried and left alone like typical human bodies, they would have rotted away naturally like anyone else. But all of these saints were special and blessed, and the preservation of their bodies proves this.
So, why would God keep their bodies whole, except as a message to us followers? Burying and forgetting them would deprive people of strong evidence of God’s existence. While blind faith is definitely the preferred path of a follower, it can help doubters start believing when they have a little evidence of the divine.
It’s one small way God speaks to us, lets us know He is there and we are not forgotten. By showing us that if you truly walked in His footsteps, your body may become a message through hundreds of years in testament.
If the bodies had been just left in the ground, this message God sends to everyone would be wasted.
Lenin was embalmed and kept in specific preserving conditions. But the bodies of saints were preserved by nothing, and scientists have no explanation for it. It’s a miracle, and miracles deserve to be viewed, because miracles are all messages from God. Followers who respect/kiss these relics, see them as a communication pathway to God, because God is obviously touching them to keep them preserved.
And by the way… Judge not lest ye be judged. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. And lastly, not a quote but a summary… To believe you are worthy of passing judgment on the souls of others, you are claiming to have a duty and ability that only God has, which is blasphemy. Let God choose who is heading to Hell, and meanwhile do your duty bestowed upon us by Him, of being compassionate and caring to all, not judgmental or accusatory. God bless you.
Shalom, and welcome to this sit.
These is a lot of rotten stuff in the Roman Catholic Church.
Feel free to take a deeper look:
There is a lot of “rotten stuff” Israel did in the Old Testament. I don’t see you disavowing your Hebrew heritage, or Jesus the Messiah of the Jews (and Christians).
I hate to be short, but a person that truly desires to know God and share that desire with others will not spend time bashing another faith, but will bring others to the truth by their love and the resulting actions.
If you have to defame another religion to “bring people to the faith” then perhaps you should examine your own and your own lack of faith.
Remember that FAITH is a GIFT from God.
John are you justifying corpse adoration?
Or veneration or just mildly interested in the corpse. I have come to believe that it is semantics with word worship. Means one thing to Bible Believing Christians, something else to Pope followers.
Semantics with the word…”worship.”
Meant to write
The veneration (not worship) of relics, including the bodies of saints, goes back to the early Church. and is based in part on the following:
“Now when Elisha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash king of Israel went down to him, and wept before him … So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. And as a man was being buried, lo, a marauding band was seen and the man was cast into the grave of Elisha; and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood on his feet.” (2 Kings 13:14,20-21 RSV)
Clearly, God HAS saints, and clearly, God can CHOOSE to heal people through them or even via their BONES if He so chooses. Who are you to say otherwise? It’s Scriptural. Miracles related to relics come from God, responding to prayer from the afflicted, or to intercession OF the saints. Praying to saints (not worshiping them) is Scriptural too, as prayer isn’t just worship, it can also be conversation:
In Rev. 5:8, St. John sees 24 elders with harps fall down before the Lamb. They hold golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. In Rev. 8:3-4, an ANGEL with a golden censer filled with incense and the prayers of the saints, brings these to God. Why would an angel BRING our prayers to God? Because we may pray to God directly, or we may also pray to (but not worship) angels and saints, asking THEM to take our prayers to God for us. The saints on earth and the saints in heaven make up the CHURCH. We are a family.
Christianity is a death cult and always has been. Did you not know that?
Christianity is a death cult and always has been. Did you not know that?
I felt and taught like you. I was sure there was no God, and that “Jesus” was an invention of men. I was wrong.
Jesus the Messiah is ALIVE!….He defeated sin and death, so that you shall life forever. If you accept that you deserve to die, is hopelessly lost, and are in need of salvation. Amen.
Forget what people will think or believe. Let them defame you. You will never regret the day you surrendered to Jesus the Messiah, and gave your life to Him.
I already regret it…
Ivar, are the Catholic churches in America like the ones you tell us about? Do they have corpses in them too? I got baptized on Valentines day and I didn’t even know that it was until after. I celebrate the day I gave my life to Jesus my Savior which just happened to be right around Passover, which the heathens call easter. How awesome is our God? Catholic people need to wake up, Jesus is the only the way, He is the only truth. They have been brainwashed since birth to believe these disgusting things they teach just like all the other cults, Jesus loves them too, we need to tell them the truth, share the gospel with them, just like an x-Catholic lady did for me. Praise the Lord!
The body is a wax replica. In his waxy hands is a femur of St. Valentines given to an early St. Louisan by A king of France. It is weird.
This is a good reminder to Christians that when we celebrate Mass, we celebrate with all the saints and angels in heaven.
Revelarion 6:9 “When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God.”