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St. Martin of Tours

Bishop, Confessor

November 11

Martin, born at Sabaria in Pannonia, was ten years old when, against his parents’ wishes, he went to a church and asked to be enrolled among the catechumens. At fifteen, he enlisted as a soldier and served first in the army of Constantius and then in that of Julian. At eighteen, when he had given part of his cloak to a poor man at Amiens, he was strengthened by a wonderful apparition of Jesus Christ and eagerly received baptism. Then, leaving the military life, he was received among the acolytes of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers. Later made Bishop of Tours, he built a monastery, where with eighty monks he lived in a most Holy way for some time.

When he was seized with a severe fever at Candes, a village in his diocese, he had pity on his disciples and thus prayed to God, “Lord, if I am still necessary for Your people, I will not refuse the labor.” Shortly after, when death was imminent, the enemy of mankind appeared to him. “Why are you here, cruel beast?” said Martin. “You will find no deadly sin in me.” With these words he gave back his soul to God at the age of eighty-one, famous for many miracles.



Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1801-1802.

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