The election behind us, we can now move ahead to the next celebration: Martinmas!
First and foremost, I would like to introduce Seasons of Joy’s brand new Martinmas book. This book is meant to give you the means to create your own Martinmas celebration and lantern walk, and features stories, recipes, fingerplays, crafts, a book list, songs, and more. It’s only $5 and it is my prayer that it will guide you in making your celebration light-filled and magical.
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Martinmas is a commemoration of the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, a 4th century Frenchman who was born at a critical time in history when paganism was giving way to Christianity. There are many charming legends surrounding St. Martin, some of which I’ll be addressing in the week ahead and will add to this round-up as I do. Perhaps the most well known is the story of St. Martin’s cloak.
From Season’s of Joy Martinmas book:
Once, so long ago that we’ve forgotten the exact date, there lived a man named Martin.
Martin’s father had sent him off to serve in the army, believing that this would make his son strong and brave and true. And Martin, being a dutiful son, obeyed.
One blustery cold night Martin road on his horse into the town of Amiens in France. Cold though it was, he was comfortable in his warm red cloak. That is, he was until he saw a man huddled on the ground, wearing clothes that were more holes than cloth. The man begged through blue lips for any sort of assistance, but the other soldiers passed him by, laughing with scorn. Martin’s heart was moved to pity, and when he saw the beggar he drew his sword.
The man shrank back in fear, but Martin only used the sword to rend his cloak in two. Giving it to the poor man, Martin remounted his horse and rode off before the man could gather his wits about him to say thank you.
That night, Martin had a dream.
In the dream, Martin once again saw the poor cold man in the streets. He watched himself slice through his cloak with the sword and give half to the man. But this time, there was a third person present. And that person was Christ.
And when Martin looked closely, he not only saw Christ standing next to him, but saw that the poor beggar also had the face of Christ. And when he looked up again, he saw that Christ was wearing half of his red warm cloak.
And then Christ spoke to Martin.
“What you have done for this poor man, you have done also for me.”
And so Martin went forth, forever changed by his actions and his dreams, dedicating his life to Christ and doing good for those around him.
Seasons of Joy has more Martinmas resources here: