About Saint David
Saint David was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales during
the 6th century. Saint David was the son of the King
of Ceredigion who took David's mother by force. Saint
David was born during a violent storm on top of a cliff.
On the cliff top of Saint David's birth, now stands
the Chapel of St. Non, which was his mother's name.
Saint David Teacher
Saint David of Wales was taught by St. Paulinus of Wales.
Saint David became a well known teacher and founded
various monasteries and churches throughout Wales, Brittany,
and Cornwall. He managed to do this great feat in a
country that was still mostly pagan.
St. David's Cathedral Wales
St. David's Cathedral was erected on the site of a monastery
founded by Saint David in an isolated area at Glyn Rhosyn
in Pemrokeshire. The original monastery was often attacked
by Viking raiders but it remained an educational and
religious center in the Kingdom of Wessex. Many of the
Bishops and church leaders were murdered by the raiders.
Saint David's Rule
Saint David set stringent rules for the monks of his
order to follow:
* Pull ploughs themselves without the help of animals
* Water was the only drink allowed
* Food consisted of only bread with salt and herbs
* Evenings were spent in prayer, writing, and reading
* No personal possessions
* No meat
* No beer
Patron Saint David
Pope Callixtus II named Saint David as the patron saint
of Wales in 1120. Catholics today remember Saint David
of Wales, making pilgrimages to St. David's Cathedral
and wearing a Saint David medal or Saint David medallion.
Millions of Christians have visited the St. David Cathedral,
traveling to Wales on March 1, which is St. David's
Patron Saint David is one of the only patron saints
who was born in the country in which he is patron. The
Welsh people proudly wear the Saint David pendant, reminding
them of the sacrifices Saint David made for the Welsh
people and his contributions to the Christian faith.
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