• Short Summary

    WITH CHRISTMAS - THE TIME OF GOODWILL AND GOOD DEEDS - FAST APPROACHING, HERE'S THE STORY OF ST.

  • Description

    WITH CHRISTMAS - THE TIME OF GOODWILL AND GOOD DEEDS - FAST APPROACHING, HERE'S THE STORY OF ST. MARTIN, WHO, ACCORDING TO LEGEND CUT HIS WINTER COAT IN TWO AND SHARED IT WITH A POOR MAN. THE STORY IS MARKED BY CHILDREN IN TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN THE RHINELAND EVERY YEAR. THIS IS THE PROCESSION WHICH TOOK PLACE IN DUESSELDORF A SHORT WHILE BACK: ST. MARTIN - IN THE UNIFORM OF A ROMAN SOLDIER - RIDING ON HORSEBACK, WITH POOR MAN WALKING ALONGSIDE ... AND FOLLOWING BEHIND, HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN WRAPPED UP AGAINST THE WINTER COLD, CARRYING COLOURED LANTERNS.

    THE PROCESSION, ON THE EVE OF ST. MARTIN'S DAY, WOUND ITS WAY THROUGH THE BRIGHTLY LIT STREETS OF THIS MODERN INDUSTRIALISED CITY TO THE TOWN HALL, WHERE ST. MARTIN CUT THE COAT IN TWO AND GAVE HALF TO THE POOR MAN.

    THE WHOLE FESTIVAL IS SYMBOLIC OF GOOD DEEDS AND GENEROSITY, AND SETS THE TONE FOR THE CELEBRATIONS WHICH LEAD UP TO CHRISTMAS ITSELF.

    (THE ACTUAL FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE ON 11TH NOVEMBER. AS A YOUTH, ST. MARTIN SERVED IN THE ROMAN ARMY. ACCORDING TO LEGEND, OFTEN DEPICTED IN WORKS OF ART, HE DIVIDED HIS MILITARY CLOAK AT AMIENS AND GAVE HALF TO A NAKED BEGGAR. IN A DREAM THAT NIGHT, HE SAW CHRIST WEARING THE HALF-CLOAK. LATER HE ASKED TO BE RELEASED FROM THE ARMY BECAUSE HE SAID: "I AM CHRIST'S SOLDIER: I AM NOT ALLOWED TO FIGHT". HE TRAVELLED TO MANY PARTS OF EUROPE AND FOUNDED A COMMUNITY OF HERMITS, FIRST AT LIGUGE, SOUTH OF POITIERS, AND LATER AT MARMOUTIER, OUTSIDE TOURS. HE DIED AT CANDES IN 397. HE HAD ACQUIRED A GREAT REPUTATION FOR WORKING MIRACLES, AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PERSONS - NOT A MARTYR - TO BE PUBLICLY VENERATED AS A SAINT.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAICH20C995MSIQSQ8KHN22SUN
    Media URN:
    VLVAICH20C995MSIQSQ8KHN22SUN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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