SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS

SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS

by MARGO SNYDER, KEVIN KNIGHT

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Overview

FEAST DATES
Died November 8, 397
Candes, Gaul (modern-day France)

Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Christianity
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church

Feast
11 November (Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion)
12 November (Eastern Orthodox Church)

Attributes
man on horseback sharing his cloak with a beggar; man cutting cloak in half; globe of fire; goose
Patronage
against poverty; against alcoholism; Bahrija, Malta; beggars; Beli Manastir; Archdiocese of Bratislava; Buenos Aires; Burgenland; cavalry; Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade; Dieburg; Edingen equestrians; Foiano della Chiana; France; geese; horses; hotel-keepers; innkeepers; Kortrijk; diocese of Mainz; Montemagno; Olpe; Ourense; Pietrasanta; Pontifical Swiss Guards; quartermasters; reformed alcoholics; riders; Taal, Batangas; Bocaue, Bulacan; Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart; soldiers; tailors; Utrecht; vintners; Virje; wine growers; wine makers; Wissmannsdorf
andOn St. Martin's Day, children in Flanders, the southern and north-western parts of the Netherlands, and the Catholic areas of Germany and Austria still participate in paper lantern processions. Often, a man dressed as St. Martin rides on a horse in front of the procession. The children sing songs about St. Martin and about their lanterns. The food traditionally eaten on the day is goose, a rich bird. According to legend, Martin was reluctant to become bishop, which is why he hid in a stable filled with geese. The noise made by the geese betrayed his location to the people who were looking for him.

Malta, children are sometimes given a bag full of nuts, hazelnuts, oranges and tangerines.


In old days, nuts were used by the children in their games. The parish of Bahrija is dedicated to Saint Martin, and on his feast, a fair with agricultural produce and animals is organized. It is the end of the harvest period.In the east part of the Belgian province of East-Flanders (Aalst) and the west part of West Flanders (Ypres), traditionally children receive presents from St. Martin on November 11,
stead of from Saint Nicholas on December 6 or Santa Claus on December 25.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150527546
Publisher: M.M.Snyder
Publication date: 11/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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