We have four house saints throughout our school, St Martin, St Cecilia, St Therese and St Thomas. Each child within our school belongs to a house. We have house captains for each from Year 6.
Our House Saints
At the young age of 10, Martin chose Christianity over his Roman gods. Unfortunately, he had to join the Roman army and he refused to fight because he was a ‘Soldier of Christ’. When he told the emperor this he was charged with cowardice. In order to prove that he wasn’t a coward, he said that he would go onto the front line armed with nothing but the cross. He was put in prison but was soon released. During his time in the army, it was said that he cut his cloak and gave it to a poor beggar. That night, he was visited by Jesus in his dream wearing that very same cloak. He instantly woke up to find his cloak restored! Moved by this miracle, he went to get baptised at the age of 18. When Martin was able to leave the Roman army, he went to Poiters under the guidance of the Bishop Hilary. Martin lived there for a long time before being forced out by Arianism, a religion that didn’t follow Christ.
Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians and Church music because, as she was dying, she sang to God. It is also written that as the musicians played at her wedding she ‘sang in her heart to the Lord’.
St Therese was popularly known as ‘The Little Flower of Jesus’ or simply ‘The Little Flower. Growing up, she didn’t like school, so she was home schooled. She became a Carmelite nun at the age of 15 in 1888. St. Therese devoted her life to God. She scattered flowers and each flower was a little sacrifice and a little action for God and love. After not feeling well for some time, she became very ill. She remained silent and cheerful until she died aged 24.
Abraham (originally Abram) is the common Hebrew patriarch. In Judaism, he is the founding father of the special relationship between the Jews and God. He is also known as the father of all the people of the Earth and his descendants were told to be more than the stars as a promise from God. It means that his descendants will be many and they will fill the Earth.
The story of Abraham is told in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. At age 75 he journeyed to Canaan (the land that is now Israel) with his wife, Sarah, his nephew, Lot and many others. God told him that he and his children would inherit that land. At first Abraham an Sarah thought they were too old to have children. Abraham’s first child, Ishamel, was born to a servant of Sarah’s, Hagar. But Isaac was born later to Sarah. The Bible says that Abraham died at the age of 175 and was buried with his wife, Sarah.
Abraham was obedient to God – he was a man of faith, putting his trust in God, listening to God and followed in his way.