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Archbishop Gregorios reposed in the Lord. May his memory be eternal.

Archbishop Gregorios reposed in the Lord. May his memory be eternal.

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Welcome to Deborah through Holy Chrismation

Welcome to Deborah through Holy Chrismation

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.

Pilgrimage to St Justinians Chapel – photo gallery

Pilgrimage to St Justinians Chapel – photo gallery

Our recent pilgrimage to St Justinians Chapel and St Davids Cathedral, well done those who came on foot.

Thanks to Nick Spanos for the photos

Baptism of Martha & Jonah

Baptism of Martha & Jonah

On Sunday the 22nd of September Martha and Jonah were welcomed into the Church through the holy sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation.

“As many of you as have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia” (Galatians 3:27).

Nick Spanos in Greece

Nick Spanos in Greece

Nick Spanos is visiting Greece, he is currently in Piskopiano in Hersonissos Crete. He sent us these photos.

Pilgrimage to Llanerfyl in Powys

Pilgrimage to Llanerfyl in Powys

Some photos from our recent pilgrimage to Llanerfyl in Powys and the nearby holy well of St Cadfan

Penrhys Pilgrimage Way

Be one of the first modern day pilgrims to walk the path from the spectacular Cathedral in Llandaff to the Holy Well and Hallowed Shrine of our Lady at Penrhys. The Penrhys Pilgrimage Project is recreating and waymarking the pilgrimage route which can easily be completed in two days, thus providing a great introduction to making a pilgrimage. If you are considering pilgrimage, or just want a good walk to explore parts of the South Wales valleys, this route is for you.

http://www.penrhyspilgrimageway.wales/