The festival of Martinmas and Lantern Walk Schedule

17926-saint-martin-and-the-beggar-hungarian-unknown-masterThe festival of martinmas

From France comes the story of St. Martin, who as a young man passed under an archway of the city of Amiens and discovered a poor beggar huddled there. The man was nearly naked, shivering with cold. On seeing him, the young Martin took his cape from his own shoulders, tore the garment in half and covered the poor man to warm him. The following night Martin had a dream in which he saw an angel wearing this same piece of his cape. The experience confirmed in him his devotion to all mankind regardless of their station in life.

Martin went on to become patron saint of beggars and outcasts. He was known for his gentleness, his unassuming nature and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.

As we journey into the darkest time of the year, it is increasingly important for each of us to kindle warmth and light in our hearts. Martin’s cloak can remind us to share with those in need. The gently glowing lanterns of Martinmas will give way to the candles of the advent spiral as we draw nearer to the Solstice, showing how our inner light must shine ever brighter against the cold. As nature sleeps, we must be wakeful!


The Grades will process with the lanterns that they've made on Friday, November 10 at 8:45 am.  Families and loved ones are invited to observe in the gym.  Class Two will perform a brief play of the St Martin story. 

This is a very quiet and reverent event.  Song/ music sheets will be available.  There will be designated photographers for each class.