St. Martin In The Fields To Observe Feast Day, Veterans Day November 11

St. Martin in the Fields, located at 3085 Church Road in Mountain Top, is and inclusive and modern Episcopal Church that incorporates into its liturgy the best of both Catholic and Protestant traditions while remaining open to new directions from the Holy spirit. Everyone, regardless of their faith or background, is welcome to celebrate Holy Eucharist at 10 a. m. Sundays. For more information, visit our website at stmartintimesless.org.

St. Martin In The Fields Mission Statement is:

To proclaim the good news of the kingdom;

To teach, baptize and nurture new believers;

To respond to human need by loving service;

To seek to transform unjust structures of society -challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation;

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

‘Our giving beyond ourselves’ program for November will be supporting the food bank at St. Pauls. We would like food for the holidays –cranberrys, stuffing mixes, canned vegetables, canned soups, cake and cookie mixes.

VETERANS DAY is Saturday November 11th is also the feast day of St. Martin, Bishop of Tours. It is appropriate that St. Martin’s feast day falls on Veterans Day for he served many years in the military. One day, when he was stationed in Amiens in Gaul, he met a poor man shivering for lack of clothing. He had already given all his money as alms, so he drew his sword, cut his soldier’s cloak in half, and gave half of it to the poor man. (The large stain glass window in the front of the Church depicts this event.)

That night Christ appeared to him, clothed in the half-cloak he had given away, and said to His angels, “Martin, though still a catechumen, has clothed me in this garment.”

Martin was baptized soon afterward. Though he desired to become a monk, he did not obtain his discharge from the army until many years later, in 356.

As the holy Bishop lay dying in 397, the devil appeared to tempt him once more. The Saint said, “You will find nothing in me that belongs to more and he responded: “Abraham’s bosom is about to receive me.” With these words he gave up his soul to God. He is the first confessor who was not a martyr to be named a Saint in the West.