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Saint Martin of Leon, with Saint Isidore of Seville appearing before him

Saint Martin of Leon (c. 1130 – January 12, 1203) was a priest and canon regular of the Augustinian Order. Born at León, Martin, along with his father Juan, withdrew from the world to the canonry of St. Marcellinus in León after the death of his mother. Martin was educated at this canonry,and after the death of his father, Martin decided to undertake a major pilgrimage, visiting the cities of Rome and Constantinople.

Returning to Spain he took the religious habit at St. Marcellinus, but after seeing this monastery had been secularized by the bishops he entered the collegiate church of St. Isidore in the same city. This is a church he went on to endow and is where Saint Isidore was buried, hence its name.

Martin distinguished himself by his zealous observance, his charity, and his deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. The date of his death is given to us by the necrology preserved in the monastery. He died on January 12, 1203 of natural causes. His feast day is January 12. The religious of St. Isidore's dedicated a chapel to Martin very early and celebrated his feast each year.


He wrote commentaries on different Epistles and the Apocalypse, and left numerous discourses on the many varied subjects. His complete works were published first by Espinosa (Seville, 1782), Migne in P.L., LXXXI, 53-64, CCVIII, CCIX (Paris, 1855).

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