St Martin’s Bag

Prayer Spaces at Home and a Prayer to discover my talents

A tradition which reminds us of the charity shown by St Martin of Tours, whose feast is on the 11th November, is that known as the St Martin’s Bag.  Children are given a colourful cloth bag containing an apple, an orange, a tangerine, a pomegranate, a collection of walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, shelled almonds and figs, some sweets and a glazed bun with a liquorice-sweet on top.  

  • Take some time to think of good fruitful deeds you can do in your everyday life such as being kind, charitable, generous, patient and helpful.
  • On the bag template, draw or write down 3 fruitful deeds you intend to do in the coming weeks.
  • Now, you can thank God for all the qualities and talents he gave you and ask him to help you make good use of them for the good of your self and others.

How to use this space

God speaks to us in many ways, including through prayer at home. Here you will find useful background and activities to better understand how to pray, helping you to connect with God in your daily life in a meaningful way.