For questions 17-24, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line.
Story of the first St Valentine’s greetings.
The origin of St Valentine’s is definitely not about flowers, chocolate, romance or even hearts. According to a Christian legend there was a priest who was conducting (17)…… between soldiers and their mistresses (18)…… . These (19)…... acts were soon discovered by the Roman emperor Claudius the Cruel who ordered to have the man of faith (20)…… . It was well known that under the rule of Claudius all Romans might have been a subject of brutal and bloody punishment, and the priest was not an (21)…… .
Before his death the priest had fallen in love with a daughter of a jeweller whom he had cured from (22)…… . Just before the execution the priest sent a love letter to his beloved, which he signed ‘Your Valentine’. Soon after the (23)…... day the Pope beatified the poor priest who nowadays is a widely recognized third-century Roman who’d (24)…… the first Valentine’s greetings ever.