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Dewi Sant /St David

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Dewi Sant /St David

So who was St David?

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St David was the Bishop of Minervia and is the patron saint of Wales, who lived in the 6th century. and died on the 1st March in 589AD. Dewi when he was alive, travelled around Wales, drawing vast congregations of listeners to his sermons. It was noted that he practiced wearing leeks, that is known to have health benefits. ( What Are Leeks and Wild Ramps? 10 Impressive Benefits (healthline.com). Dewi performed many miracles – his most famous was at Llanddewi Brefi, between the Brecon Beacons and the coastal town of Aberystwyth on Cardigan Bay. During one of the open air sermons. A large crowd of people gathered, rather than being overwhelmed, he stood upon a handkerchief and it’s said that a small hill rose up beneath his feet so that he could be seen by all.

When travelling around Wales, there are places dedicated to the saint as in Llanddewi Brefi and the smallest city in Britain is St David’s, Pembrokeshire where a shrine securing his relics are situated within the Cathedral dedicated to his name.

In Mediaeval times, Pope Calixtus regarded St David’s as one of the most holy places of the Christian religion, in fact the shrine was so important that two pilgrimages to St Davids were equivalent to one to Rome, three were equivalent to one to Jerusalem. Pilgrimage – Pererindod

 

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St David believed that people of Wales should do the small, considerate things that often make a big difference.

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