THE MEANING OF MARTINMAS

 
 
 
 

The festival of Martinmas is traditionally celebrated between the fiery out breath of Michaelmas and the deep in breath of the dark winter months. It honors the story of St. Martin.

The Meaning of Martinmas

From France comes the story of St. Martin, who as a young solider discovered a poor beggar huddled along the roadside. The man was barely clothed, and shivering with cold. On seeing him, Martin took his cloak from his own shoulders, divided the long garment in half with his long sword, and covered the poor man to warm him. This experience moved him to have compassion for all mankind regardless of one's  station in life. Martin went on to become a patron saint of beggars and outcasts, and was known for his gentleness, his unassuming nature and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.

As we journey into the darkest time of the year, it is increasingly important for each of us to kindle warmth and light in our hearts. Martin’s cloak can remind us to share with those in need. Our gently glowing lanterns and soft songs are a gift to our neighbors, as we bring them warmth and comfort in celebration of Martinams.

As you leave the Martinmas Lantern Walk, we encourage you to take the mood of the festival home with you. 

 

LANTERN WALK SONGS

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Martinmas Carol

I go outside with my lantern,
My lantern goes with me

Above the stars are shining bright,
Down here on Earth shine we

The cock does crow, the cat meows,
La bimmel, la bammel, la boom

‘Neath heaven’s dome, till we go home,
La bimmel, la bammel, la boom

 I go outside with my lantern,
My lantern goes with me

Above the stars are shining bright,
Down here on earth shine we

So shine your light
Through the still dark night
La bimmel, la bammel, la boom

‘Neath heaven’s dome,
Till we go home,
La bimmel, la bammel, la boom

 
 
Glimmer Lantern, Glimmer Lantern

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over meadow, moor and dale
Flitter, flutter, elfin veil
Pee-wit, pee-wit, rikka-tikka-tik
Rucoo, rucoo
 
Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over rock and stock and stone
Wandering, skipping, little gnome
Pee-wit, pee-wit, rikka-tikka-tik
Rucoo, rucoo