Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Wormersdorf
Rhein-Sieg-Kreis

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Wormersdorfer straße
(Kirchenvorplatz)

Sankt Martin

Saint Martin

Savaria, Pannonia (now Szombathely, Hungary), 316 - Candes-Saint-Martin, Gaul 397
3rd Bishop of Tours. Around his name much legendary material accrued and he has become one of the most familiar and recognizable Christian saints
(Wikipedia)
(artist?)
1967

Wormersdorf /  Sankt Martin   Wormersdorf /  Sankt Martin

Description

Bronze statue of Saint Martin on horseback sharing his cloak with a beggar.

Inscription(s)

keiner sei nur auf seinen vorteil
bedacht, sondern auch auf den des
anderen      phil. 2,4

DIE GEMEINDE
WORMERSDORG
DANKT IHREN GEFALLENEN
UND MAHNT DIE LEBENDEN

With on the sides lists of the victims and missing persons of both world wars.

Annotation

On the Pfarrkirche Sankt Martin (St. Martin's church) nearby is a metal plate with in relief another depiction of Saint Martin on horseback sharing his cloak with a beggar.

Saint Martin and the Beggar

Saint Martin is often depicted as a man on horseback sharing his cloak with a beggar. While Martin was still a soldier in the Roman army and deployed in Gaul (modern day France), he experienced the vision that became the most-repeated story about his life. One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of Amiens he met a scantily clad beggar. He impulsively cut his own military cloak in half and shared it with the beggar. That night, Martin dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away. He heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptized; he has clad me." In another story, when Martin woke, his cloak was restored. The dream confirmed Martin in his piety, and he was baptized at the age of 18.

Sculptor

Tags

Location N 50°36'20" E 6°59'24"

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