Happy St. David’s Day to all of our families with a Welsh connection…and to all of our Davids too of course!
Here are some interesting facts about this special saint:
St. David is the patron saint of Wales and also of doves.
St. David, known as ‘Dewi Sant’ in Welsh, was born to Sant, a prince of Cardigan, and St. Non, the daughter of a chieftain in around 500 AD.
He was recognised as a national patron saint at the height of Welsh resistance to the Normans.
St. David studied under St. Paulinus in Cardigan, before he went on pilgrimages, travelling to Wales, Cornwall, Britanny, Ireland and Jerusalem, where he was made an archbishop.
He helped to spread the word of Christianity, and he founded around 12 monastaries in his lifetime.
While little is known about St. David’s life, he is known for performing miracles. His most famous miracle was when he was preaching to a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi and raised the ground beneath him into a hill so his sermon could be heard by all.
St. David is thought to have died on March 1, 589 AD, and his remains were buried in St. David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, which was a popular place of pilgrimage after he was canonised in 1120 AD.
St. David has been patron saint of Wales since the 12th century.
So there you go…all you need to know about this special saint!
Well…not quite! Click on the link below to find out more about St. David and the various traditions to commemorate his feast day.