St. Martin of Tours

"I am a soldier for Christ."

"Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done."

 

Feast day: Novenmber 11th, the date of his burial

Patron: Soldiers

Martin was the first non-martyr to receive saint status. He was publicaly nominated for Bishop of Tours that the bishops had no chance but to consecrate him. His method of evangelization was to personally travel from house to house and speak to people about God.

While on duty, Martin rode though the gates of a town. As he approached the gates he encountered a beggar with next to no clothes on. Martin was overcome with compassion that he took off his robe. With his sword he slashed the mantle in two and gave half to the freezing man. Many in the crowds laughed at what they witnessed but some realized that they were seeing Christian goodness. "That night in his sleep, martin saw Christ dressed in the half of the garment he had given away, and heard Him say: "Martin, still a catechumen, has covered me with this garment."

In one town, Martin tried to convince the locals to cut down a tree which they wroshipped and venerated. They agreed but only if Martin would sit where the tree would fall. Martin sat directly under the path of the falling tree as the locals began to cut it down. However, just as the tree began to fall, Martin made the sign of the cross, and the tree fell in the opposite direction. The tree fell slowly enough not to harm the fleeing townspeople. Needless to say, St. Martin won many converts that day.

 

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Prayer to St. Martin of Tours

Blessed Saint, you were born under pagan ways but since your childhood you were chosen to be a prince of the Church and, as Bishop of Tours, many souls were redeemed and liberated from the satanic forces through your prayers, austerities, and blessings.

We humbly ask for your intercession before our Lord Jesus Christ, because we want to be worthy of the grace and mercy of the Holy Spirit that lead us from darkness to light into the eternal kingdom, forever and ever.

Amen.