Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt 05/04/20

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt 05/04/20

Apolytikion: Plagal of the Fourth Tone
In you the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up your cross, you did follow Christ, and by your deeds you did teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passes away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, your spirit rejoices with the Angels.

Kontakion: Fourth Tone
Having escaped the gloom of sin, O blest Mary, and shining brightly with the light of repentance, thou didst present thy heart to Christ, O glorious one, bringing Him His Holy and all-immaculate Mother as a greatly merciful and most bold intercessor. Hence, thou hast found the pardon of thy sins and with the Angels rejoicest for evermore.

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Tomorrow (22nd) a section of the Church in Lampeter will be available from 9.30-11.00 am for private prayers but no service will take place.

Distancing and pastoral advice should be followed.

Anyone diagnosed with or suspected of Corvid-19 should stay at home and take advice from the 111 service.

In an emergency, or for pastoral advice, contact the Priest on 07880176110 or email or, if not available, leave contact details with the Presvytera on 07980840785.

His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew has instructed that there be no public services during the month of March.
There will be no Liturgy in Lampeter, therefore, for the next 2 Sundays.
Fr TImothy will still be available for emergencies.

Annual Pilgrimage to St Cybi’s Well

Annual Pilgrimage to St Cybi’s Well

The Orthodox Church at Lampeter hold an annual Artoklasia at the Well of St Cybi in November.

Troparion  (Tone 1)

By your journeyings, O Hierarch Cybi, you teach us the virtue of making pilgrimages.  Wherefore, O Prince of Ascetics and All-praised Wonderworker, we entreat you to intercede for us that Christ our God will not find our lives to be utterly worthless and will show us great mercy.

Cybi was born in the late 5th century, the son of a Cornish nobleman, Selyf ap Geraint ap Erbin. His mother is reputed to have been a sister of St Non, which would make Cybi a cousin of St David.
He was raised a Christian and is said to have visited Rome and Jerusalem as a young man. On his way home he was ordained priest by the Bishop of Poitiers.

He renounced his inheritance on his father’s death and began to travel in the Celtic world. He founded churches in Brittany and Cornwall before crossing to South-East Wales with several followers. Churches were established at Llangybi-ar-Wysg and Llanddyfrwyr-yn-Ediligion in Gwent. From there Cybi may have travelled to Ireland before returning to Wales. Dedications at Llangybi (near Lampeter) and Llangybi (near Pwllheli) would suggest that he may have resided in these places for some time.

Given land by King Maelgwn of Gwynedd, Cybi established a monastery at Caer Gybi (Holyhead) on Ynys Gybi (Holy Island) in Anglesey. He became a friend of St Seiriol who also had a monastic settlement on the opposite side of Anglesey.

It is said that Cybi attended the Synod at Llandewi Brefi in 545 and later retired to live on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) where he died about 555 and was buried there among the 20,000 saints though some claim he was buried at Capel y Bedd adjoining his monastery.