St. Martin Patron of Blomberg– “The Cloak Legend”
During his service period he prepared three years ahead of Christian baptism.
The 18-year-old guard officer was stationed about 334 from Amiens in France.
It was during his time as a soldier that the famous “Cloak” incident occurred for which St. Martin is so famous.
One night in an unusually severe winter, Martin met a beggar at the gates of the City of Amiens and, having nothing but his arms and the plain garment of a soldier, he prayed that those passing would have compassion on the naked man. However, no one came to his aid and so Martin, taking his sword, cut his cloak in two and gave half to the beggar.
May 4th, 2017