February 14 Saint Valentine’s Day
The shop windows are decorated with red hearts, the florists offer their best bouquets together with small cards on which a naughty Cupid shoots his arrows of love. It’s Saint Valentine’s Day.
Opposite the marketing, the unstoppable consumerism of the new global society, in the town of Toro its inhabitants have an unavoidable appointment in the Collegiate church.
Children, teenagers, middle-aged and elderly people worship in a secular ritual the relic of Saint Valentine.
The relic arrived in Toro by Diego Enriquez, chaplain of the Emperor Charles V, to whom the nuncio of Paul III, Johannes Poggius, granted April 26 1545, the license for depositing it in the Collegiate. This relic accompanied the Emperor Charles V during all his life, since he suffered from migraine and he, deeply religious, thought that the Saint Valentine’s relic, protector of the lovers but also of the head, relieved his pain.
Today the skull of this Saint Roman bishop, is kept in an oval silver box, which was made in the sixteenth century and each February 14, the toresanos worship it with great devotion.
The capricious Cupid is still shooting his arrows of love, while Saint Valentine helps us not to lose the head under his protection, although it’s often difficult to control the heart.