St. David's Day
March 1st is St. David's Day. St David was the patron saint
of Wales and as John had a Welsh grandfather, it's a feast
day we celebrate. I'll put a bouquet of daffodils (which
have just begun blooming) on the dining room table and we'll
start dinner off tonight with leek soup.
Here is a bit of information about St. David:
It is known that he became a priest, engaged in missionary
work and founded many monasteries, including his principal
abbey in southwestern Wales. Many stories and legends sprang
up about David and his Welsh monks. Their austerity was
extreme. They worked in silence without the help of animals
to till the soil. Their food was limited to bread,
vegetables and water.
In about the year 550, David attended a synod where his
eloquence impressed his fellow monks to such a degree that
he was elected primate of the region. The episcopal see was
moved to Mynyw, where he had his monastery (now called St.
David's). He ruled his diocese until he had reached a very
old age. His last words to his monks and subjects were: "Be
joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith, and do the
little things that you have seen and heard with me."
St. David is often pictured standing on a mound with a dove
on his shoulder. The legend is that once while he was
preaching a dove descended to his shoulder and the earth
rose to lift him high above the people so that he could be
heard. Over 50 churches in South Wales were dedicated to him
in pre-Reformation days.