We will be embarking on a pilgrimage to St Justinians Chapel, the original resting place of the 6th century saint and heiromartyr. Meeting at the Cathedral in St Davids before making our way to St Justinians for a celebration of Vespers at 3pm.
2pm Meeting at Merrivale car park (SA62 6RJ) opposite the Cathedral & Bishops Palace approx 1.7 miles from St Justinians – Walk or drive to St Justinians (parking is limited, lift available)
3pm Vespers service in the Chapel of St Justinian (SA62 6PY), the Chapel is open to the elements, pray for good weather.
5pm Veneration of the icon & relics of St Justinian in St Davids Cathedral
The Holy Hieromartyr Justinian of Ramsey Island, originally from a Breton Celtic family, was the confessor and spiritual father of Saint David of Wales. Ramsey Island was the site of Justinian’s hermitage, and lies just off the extreme southwest of Wales, near the city of St Davids.
Sat 14 Sep 2019
09:30 – 16:00
The Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas is tucked away just off the top of Bute Street. It was built in 1906 in the Byzantine style. In fact, it is one of the very few churches in the UK built as an Orthodox church.
In recent years, the church has been completely renovated.
The church interior is very beautiful. There is a carved icon screen and wall paintings depicting scenes from the life of Christ and also St Nicholas.
During the open day, the church will be open from 9.30am until 4pm.
There will be a service in the morning for the Feast of the Holy Cross. This will conclude by 12 noon. There will be a guided tour at 2.30pm.
Address – St Nicholas’ Greek Orthodox Church, Greek Church Street, Cardiff, CF10 5HA.
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The Cistercian monks of the Middle Ages were quite the entrepreneurs. They might have sought wild and lonely places to practise their religion but, like eager developers, they took advantage of this rural location near Tregaron to amass vast amounts of land. They needed the space to farm thousands of income-generating sheep. They also built roads and bridges which brought pilgrims and traders to the abbey. A shrewd move.
Strata Florida quickly became not only a site of huge religious significance in Wales but also a natural home for Welsh culture. Dafydd ap Gwilym, one of the best known of Wales’s medieval poets, is buried here under a yew tree.
You only need admire the majesty of the huge carved west doorway to appreciate how impressive this building must once have been. The plan of the church can still be clearly traced and, rather remarkably, some of the original richly decorated tiles from the abbey are still intact. One of them, ‘Man with the Mirror’, depicts a medieval gentleman admiring himself in a mirror!
Getting there – Road: Minor roads from Pontrhydfendigaid, reached from B4340. Rail: Aberystwyn 12mls/20kms Shrewsbury – Aberystwyth line. Bike: NCN Route No 82 (2mls/4kms).
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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3BU Mon 2nd September 2019 1:00PM
Dr Iestyn Daniel explores anew the questions surrounding the sixth-century Latin document commonly known as De Excidion Britanniae, which has been the subject of considerable sturdy but much about it still remains unresolved and debatable.
In this lecture he will bring additional light to bear on such questions as Gildas’ linguistic inheritance and ethnic identity, where he lived, where he launched his missive and his Latin style, and will outline the main conclusions of his work on a new Welsh edition of the text.