Rhoscolyn has a fascinating history, with its patron saint, Gwenfaen, first making her home and church here in 630 AD. Some say that the druids’ last stand against the Romans, who invaded Mona (Anglesey) in 60 or 61 AD, was at Cymyran, the inland sea between Mona and Holy Island and the open sea, south of Four Mile Bridge. Anglesey itself also has a very interesting history.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi/Saint David’s Day
Saint David is remembered in Saint Gwenfaen’s church, alongside Saint Gwenfain herself in these windows :
The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century by Pope Callistus II, though it is not a national holiday in the UK.
Traditional festivities include wearing daffodills and leeks, recognised symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively, eating traditional Welsh food including cawl and Welsh rarebit, and women wearing traditional Welsh dress. An increasing number of cities and towns across Wales including Cardiff, Swansea and Aberystwyth also put on parades throughout the day.
Dewi Sant was born in Caerfai, south west Wales into an aristocratic family. He was reportedly a scion of the royal house of Ceredigion,[ and founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosyn (The Vale of Roses) on the western headland of Pembrokeshire at the spot where Saint David’s Cathedral stands today.
David’s fame as a teacher and his asceticism spread among Celtic Christians and he helped found about 12 monasteries. His foundation at Glyn Rhosyn became an important Christian shrine and the most important centre in Wales. The date of Saint David’s death is believed to be 1 March 589. His final words to the community of monks were: “Brothers be ye constant. The yoke which with single mind ye have taken, bear ye to the end; and whatsoever ye have seen with me and heard, keep and fulfil.”
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