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+ Saint Dewi of Mynyw +
1 March AD 601
Dewi Sant (also Degui or David), Bishop and Confessor and patron of Wales, is usually represented standing on a little hill, with a dove on his shoulder. From ancient times, the Welsh have worn a leek
on St. David's Day
in memory of a battle against the Saxons. There, it is said they wore leeks in their hats at St. David's advice, to distinguish them from their enemies. The Welsh honor him not only as their patron saint but as special evangelist of their land, just as Pádraig
holds that honor for Ireland.
The earliest mention of St. David is found in a tenth-century manuscript, the Annales Cambriae
, which assigns his death to AD 601. Many other writers, from Geoffrey of Monmouth
down to Father Richard Stanton, hold that he died about 544; their opinion is based solely on data given in various late "lives" of St. David, and there seems no good reason for setting aside the definite statement of the Annales Cambriae
, which is now generally accepted.
Speculation that he was born at Henvynyw (Vetus-Menevia
) in Cardiganshire is not improbable. He was prominent at the Synod of Brevi (Llandewi Brefi in Cardiganshire). Dewi was active in refuting heresy in Wales and in promoting Nicene Christology and the orthodox Christian faith.
According to tradition, Saints Dubricius
sought him out, calling him to the Synod of Brevi "against the Pelagians
."* Only with great difficulty was Dewi persuaded to accompany them, since he preferred the quiet monastic life. However, once he arrived at the Synod, he preached so loudly and so eloquently that all the heretics were confounded. Shortly afterwards, in 569, he presided over another synod held at a place called Lucus Victoriae
David is the only one of the four patron saints of the British Isles not to be represented on the British Union Jack flag. The Alley's biography for Saint Andrew
touches upon each of these and their respective emblems.
*For more information on Pelagianism, please see Pelagius, Part 1
and Pelagius, Part 2
by Pastor Alex Klages.
1 Thessalonians 2:2b-12
Almighty God, who called your servant Dewi to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales, mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the gospel of Christ, we may with him receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Labels: biography, british history, church history, commemoration, david, dewi, hagiography, missionary, patron saint, pelagianism, wales