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Saint David

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The life of Saint David is the stuff of legend built on the firm foundation of fact. St David was the son of Sant or Sanctus a king of Ceredigion and Non a Pembrokeshire noblewoman. Born in a storm on the site of St Nons chapel on the outskirts of St Davids in the 6th century miraculous events occurred around him throughout his life. At the nearby harbour of Porth Clais where he was baptised as a baby by St Elvis, a blind monk had his sight restored and a spring appeared. David founded a monastery in Vallis Rosina (know known as Glyn Rhossyn) and named it Menevia (now the site of St David's Cathedral).

St Nons Chapel St Davids Porth Clais where St Daivid was baptised by St Elvis The site of St David's monastery Menevia, St David's Cathedral

He had inherited the celtic Christian culture from the early roman church and preached throughout south Wales and what is now western England for instance founding Glastonbury as a Christian religious centre . He made a pilgrimage to the holy land where he was ordained a bishop by the patriarch of Jerusalem. The most noted miracle associated with St David occurred whilst he was speaking in defence of church doctrine at the synod of Llandewibrefi where the ground rose beneath him and a dove settled on his shoulder. His final piece of advice to his monks was to "Be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do".

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Icon of Saint David of Wales

 

St Nons Chapel St Davids Porth Clais where St Daivid was baptised by St Elvis The site of St David's monastery Menevia, St David's Cathedral

 

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