This Saint Martin of Tours Plaque depicts an amazing man (316-371) born to pagan parents, who discovered Christianity in his early teens and became a catechumen (that is, one being in instructed in the faith). He joined the Roman imperial army at age 15. Martin was baptized and received into the Church at age 18. His Christian faith eventually lead him to embrace pacifism (“I am a soldier of Christ, I cannot fight”). He was charged with cowardice and jailed. In response to this charge, Martin volunteered to go unarmed to the front of the troops. His superiors planned to let him do just that, but before they could, their enemy sued for peace, the battle never occurred, and Martin was released from military service. He then started studying for the priesthood under the tutelage of Saint Hilary at Poitiers. He later became the Bishop of Tours. His feast day is November 11. This will make a great gift for a birthday, first communion, confirmation, or Christmas (“great stocking stuffer”).
A Bronze Wall Plaque in Two Sizes
This bronze plaque is available in two sizes: small (p105k, 2 x 1.8 inches) and large (p520g, 7.9 x 6.3 inches). Thanks to a notch on the back, it will hang with ease on any wall in home, study, or office. This solid bronze plaque was designed and realized by a world-renowned bronzesmith in Germany. for that special “Martin” or “Marty” in your life!
Saint Martin of Tours – The Original “Chaplain”
According to the most famous story about Saint Martin, while he was on horseback in Amiens in what is now France, he came across a beggar. Since he had nothing to offer the beggar but the clothes on his back, he cut his heavy military cape in half with his sword, and gave half of it to the beggar (depicted on this plaque). He later had a vision of Christ wearing the cape. The word “chapel” (French chapelle – from the Latin capella for “little cape”) originally referred to the sanctuary in France in which the cape of St. Martin was preserved. This meaning was eventually extended in most European languages to mean “any sanctuary” or “chapel”.