Celtic-Saint Afan – 16th November 2016

Saint Afan
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Afan of Builth
St Afan's Church, Llanafan-Fawr - geograph.org.uk - 1468440.jpg

St Afan’s Church in Llanafan Fawr
Bishop
Born 5th or 6th century
Died 6th century
Llanafan Fawr
Canonized Pre-Congregation
Major shrine Llanafan Fawr
Llanafan
Feast 16 or 17 November (lapsed)
Patronage Llanafan Fawr
Llanafan

Saint Afan of Builth (Welsh: Sant Afan Buellt; Latin: Avanus) was an early 6th-century Welsh bishop, martyr, and saint. His feast day is generally placed on 17 November, although the Demetian Calendar formerly used in southern Wales placed it on the 16th;[1] it is no longer observed by either the Anglican[2] or Catholic church in Wales.[3]
Name
Afan as a man’s name in Wales is probably a loan from the Latin Amandus.[1] In Welsh, he is sometimes known as Esgob Afan(“Bishop Afan”) from his title and as Afan Buellt or Buallt from his diocese around Builth in Brycheiniog.[1]
Life
Saint Afan was the son of Cedig ap Ceredig, son of Cunedda Wledig, king of Gwynedd.[4][5] Through this line, he was a cousin of Saint David, patron saint of Wales. Afan’s mother is variously given as Dwywai,[6] Degfed (“Tenth”),[7] Tegfedd, or Tegwedd,[1] all said to have been daughters of Tegid the Bald, a lord of Penllyn in Meirionnydd who was the husband of the sorceress Ceridwen in Welsh legend.

Afan was the founder of a Llanafan in Ceredigion and two others (Llanafan Fawr and Llanafan Fechan) in Brecknockshire. He is recorded as a bishop, although his diocese remains unknown.[1] He may have been the third bishop of Llanbadarn in Ceredigion,[1][8] bishop over Builth with his seat at Llanafan Fawr,[1][9] or held the title without any purview beyond his own parish.[1] His death was credited to martyrdom at the hand of Irish or Danish pirates on the banks of the River Chwefru.[1] He was claimed as an ancestor of the 10th-century bishop Ieuan who was also martyred by Viking marauders.[10] [more]

Source: Saint Afan – Wikipedia


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