Friday, November 7, 2014

7 Quick Ways to Celebrate Martinmas, the Feast of St. Martin of Tours

I meant to write a whole post about who St. Martin of Tours was and a more in depth "How to Celebrate…" guide, but it's been a fairly crazy week around here, so I'm hijacking 7 Quick Takes instead. 

Martinmas is coming up quick on Tuesday, November 11th, which also happens to be Veteran's Day. This will be our first year celebrating this feast as a family, and we're super excited. So here are 7 pretty easy ways you can get excited about this holy man, too!


Read his story.

Download a copy of The Life of Martin of Tours or find it within either Treasury of Saints and Martyrs or Saints and Angels: Popular Stories of Familiar Saints. As always if you don't already own these, check your library system - I have found many great Saint stories by doing so.

You can always read about him online, too. Holy Spirit Interactive has a pretty short but detailed summary of St. Martin's life here.


Color some pictures

Find one from one of these sites:

Kids N Fun
Waltzing Matilda
Found this one on Pinterest but it doesn't seem to work on its original site.


Have a simple autumn Feast

Overrun with squash, root veggies, and the like? We are! 

Haley and Daniel have a delicious looking stuffed butternut squash recipe in their E-book, Feast! or you could roast a simple chicken or goose (more traditional, but not as easy to find!). Anything Fall-ish goes! 

Go one step further - invite another family to join yours in this autumnal celebration.


Make cards for our soldiers

This is doubly perfect since Veteran's Day in the US and Martinmas fall on the same exact day. St. Martin was a soldier before becoming a monk. He is also the patron saint of soldiers.

After you decorate your cards thanking our soldiers for their service, you can contact one of the following for units to sent to:

A Million Thanks
Operation Gratitude
Operation Dear Abby


Give away extra winter wear

It's that time of year where many are pulling out their winter gear, and you might find you have more than you thought or that you're not using much of it. Donate it! In honor of St. Martin cutting his soldier's cloak in two and sharing it with the beggar, give to those who need it more than you. Many shelters are taking winter gear right now, so ask around.


Make lanterns

I'm actually attempting this one with the preschoolers in our co-op today, so wish me luck. There are so many lovely examples to be found online. The making of lanterns is a German tradition and reminds us of the flicker of hope that cannot be burned out. Even one small flame can still bring light and hope.

I used: a recycled small glass jar (thank you TJ's pumpkin butter), colorful tissue paper cut into strips, white liquid glue, foam brushes, and some fancy Star Wire Garland.

Brush glue onto cleaned jar with foam brushes. Place pieces of tissue paper on. Cover with another layer of glue. Let dry, tie some star garland around mouth of jar, and place a tea light inside.

Tip: to get tea light to stay in place, drip melted wax into bottom of jar and put candle immediately on top to hold it there.


Say one of these prayers

Dear well-beloved Saint, you were first a soldier like your father.
Converted to the Church, you became a soldier of Christ, a priest and then a Bishop of Tours. Lover of the poor, and model for pagans and Christians alike, protect our soldiers at all times. Make them strong, just, and charitable, always aiming at establishing peace on earth.

O God, who are glorified in the Bishop Saint Martin both by his life and death, make new, we pray, the wonders of your grace in our hearts, that neither death nor life may separate us from your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Linking up with Jen @ Conversion Diary

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  1. AH! I love these, especially the candle jar. Also, we have vets in our family, so I'm going to do my best to make this a celebration in our family. Thanks!


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