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Saint Martin of Tours

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  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Martin of Tours
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  • Life History, Story, Biography, Myths and Legends
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Bishop

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  • Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Martin of Tours: November 11
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Bishop
  • Date of Death: Saint Martin of Tours died 383

The Story and History of Saint Martin of Tours
The story and history of Saint Martin of Tours. When a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents' wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army.

One winter's day, when stationed at Amiens, he met a beggar almost naked and frozen with cold. Having no money, he cut his cloak in two and gave him the half. That night he saw Our Lord clothed in the half cloak, and heard Him say to the angels: "Martin, yet a catechumen, hath wrapped Me in this garment." This decided him to be baptized, and shortly after he left the army. He succeeded in converting his mother; but, being driven from his home by the Arians, he took shelter with St. Hilary, and founded near Poitiers the first monastery in France. In 372 he was made Bishop of Tours. His flock, though Christian in name, was still pagan in heart. Unarmed and attended only by his monks, Martin destroyed the heathen temples and groves, and completed by his preaching and miracles the conversion of the people, whence he is known as the Apostle of Gaul. His last eleven years were spent in humble toil to atone for his faults, while God made manifest by miracles the purity of his soul.

Feast Day of Saint Martin of Tours
The Feast Day of Saint Martin of Tours is November 11. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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