This festival celebrates the story of St Martin who as a Roman soldier gave away his cloak to a poor beggar. After a dream in which he was thanked by Christ for giving Him his cloak, a new life of service to others began for Martin the soldier. For the rest of his life he strove to practice unconditional love towards all his fellow human beings. So a wonderful sentiment; a Festival of Sharing; food, light & warmth of friendship.
We gathered together as a community for songs and shared soup and bread, with a lantern procession around the church grounds. The children had made beautiful lanterns on the run up to the celebration, and it was a magical scene to see them walking along the path singing our special lantern song.