Since we plan to make our traditional treats, I wanted to share this archived post from last year's celebration:
Feast Day: St. Martin de Porres, November 3
Patron Saint of my husband and eldest son.
St. Martin was born in Lima, Peru in 1579. He was the illegitimite son of a Spanish nobleman and black woman. Juan, his father, had a disdain for Martin's dark skin color. He abandoned his family, leaving Martin with the stigma of coming from a home with no father, mixed blood, and very poor. He apprenticed as a barber-surgeon.
(My children outlined then colored this beautiful St. Martin de Porres Icon that I plan to purchase.)
At the age of 15, he began working as a lay helper in the Dominican monastery's infirmary helping sick people. His superiors dropped the stipulations that "no black person may be received to the holy habit or profession of our order" and Martin took vows as a Dominican brother. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Martin was humble and charitable, helping everyone in need.
Patron Saint of black and mixed race people, social justice, racial harmony, hairdressers, barbers, poor people...
He is the first Black saint of the Americas.
Peruvian Garlic Chicken
St. Martin de Porres showed love and kindness to all people and creatures.
There is a tale of his kindness even to the mice that were eating the sacred linens in the sacristy.
It inspired us to come up with this fun, absolutely adorable dessert.
Simple enough my girls were able to assemble without help.
To you Saint Martin de Porres we prayerfully lift up our hearts filled with serene confidence and devotion. Mindful of your unbounded and helpful charity to all levels of society and also of your meekness and humility of heart, we offer our petitions to you. Pour out upon our families the precious gifts of your solicitous and generous intercession; show to the people of every race and every color the paths of unity and of justice; implore from our Father in heaven the coming of his kingdom, so that through mutual benevolence in God men may increase the fruits of grace and merit the rewards of eternal life.
St. Martin de Porres, pray for us!