Martinmas—Grades Lantern Walk 11/10/2016

Img_1628Martinmas—Grades Lantern Walk 11/10/2016

Our annual Martinmas Lantern Walk was held yesterday, Thursday, November 10th, for all grades students.

Children and their families met in their respective classrooms to hear a story and/or song from their teachers before lighting their lanterns and heading out into the night, carrying their lights, literally and figuratively, into the darkness.

The Light of Martinmas fortifies our souls for the dark winter days ahead, and reminds us to shelter our own light as we carry it out into the dark world.

What is Martinmas?

Martinmas commemorates the spirit of St. Martin of France, a man who was known as the patron saint of beggars, drunkards, and outcasts. The gentle Martin was able to see the divine nature in all human beings. According to legend, St. Martin passed under an archway in the city of Amiens and discovered a poor beggar, shivering and nearly naked. The young Martin took his own cape, tore it in half and covered the man to warm him. That night Martin had a dream in which he saw Christ wearing this same piece of cape. The experience confirmed in him his devotion to all mankind regardless of their station in life. Martin became known for his ability to bring warmth and light to those who were previously in darkness.

Each year we honor the spirit of St. Martin with a lantern walk, in a reverent mood. This is the time of year when we all must carry our light and warmth with us into the darker days of winter, as well as bring and share this light and warmth with others.

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Morgan Branson
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