Stories of the Saints

The opening of Bonedd y SaintSaturday 3 June 2017, 10.30–4.00
Drwm, National Library of Wales

This day conference presents the research from a four-year project editing Welsh Lives, poetry and genealogies of saints in Wales, and launches a new research project on the Latin Lives of Welsh saints.

Speakers: J. Wyn Evans, Ann Parry Owen, Paul Russell, David Parsons.
Alaw Mai Edwards, Jenny Day, Martin Crampin
Talks in Welsh and English, simultaneous English translation available

To register please contact Angharad Elias

Chwedlau’r Llan: Seintiau o Benfro i’r Fflint

Chwedlau’r Llan: Seintiau o Benfro i’r Fflint

Ar Ddydd Gŵyl Dewi cofiwn y rhan sylfaenol a chwaraeodd moliant y seintiau yng nghymdeithas Cymru cyn y Diwygiad Protestannaidd. Bydd y sgwrs hon gan Dr David Parsons yn trafod testunau Cymraeg yr Oesoedd Canol ynglŷn â’r seintiau, ac yn archwilio’r cysylltiad cryf gyda llefydd ac ardaloedd penodol.
*** Mynediad am ddim drwy docyn. ***

On St David’s Day we are reminded that the veneration of saints played a central part in pre-Reformation Welsh society. This talk given by Dr David Parsons discusses medieval Welsh-language texts about saints, and examines their strong relationship with particular places and regions.
*** Free admission by ticket. ***

*** Event held in Welsh with simultaneous translation. ***
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales, Ceredigion on Wednesday 1 March 2017
Doors Open at 12:45PM
From 1:15PM to 2:15PM
Ticket Price:£0.00
Box Office: (01970) 632 548

Help needed

Can anybody help identify this icon found by Fr Timothy in a second hand shop in Aberystwth?

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St Sulien

The sheltered valley of the Nant Tawela (Tawela Brook) is only a few miles from Lampeter, but still, in the 21st century, retains something of the remote and isolated ‘feel’ that it must have possessed for more than a millennium. There has been a Christian presence here since the 5th century. The present church dates only from 1873, but is on an ancient site. (A church was mentioned here in 1281.) It is all but surrounded by early earthworks (best seen from the air!) the church situated within an inner enclosure. Is this possibly the “llan” or sacred space of the settlement founded by St Sulien? The evidence is strong; there are no fewer than three early Christian monuments on the site, one only rediscovered in May, 2013. The earliest, built into the church wall, bears the inscription “Silbandus iacit” – an abbreviation of a familiar Christian grave-marker formula, “Silbandus lies here”. It is accepted that “Silian” (or Sulien, which would have been pronounced in a similar way) is probably an abbreviation of this name, and that Silbandus was the founder of this holy place, to which he had resorted for ‘peace and repentance’.
Sulien is not an uncommon name among early generations of Christians; a St Sulien was the abbot-founder of Luxulyan in Cornwall, and another St Sulien is associated with Cornouaille in Brittany. A third St Sulien is connected, with his brother or cousin St Mael, with Corwen in mid-Wales. One Sulien was bishop of St Davids in the 11th century, and it was his son, Rhigyfarch, who wrote the “Life of St David”. The Sulien or Silbandus of Silian must be added to this illustrious and holy company. The feast days of the saints Sulien are many and various, but a likely date for our local saint is September 2nd. We ask for his prayers.