December 26th – St. Tathai of Wales,
(also known as Meuthin, Tathan, Tahai, Tathaeus, Tathar, Athaeus)
Hermit of Glamorganshire, Abbot of Llantathan
Nephew of Saint Sampson of Dol, Brittany
5th century or early 6th century. Nephew of Saint Samson of Dol, this
Irish saint planted himself in the land of Wales, first as a hermit,
where he founded a church at Glamorganshire and bore good fruit. His
monastery at Llantathan, named after him, was one of the most famous
schools in Wales. From there he went to Caerwent (Gwent), where he
founded another monastic school that produced the great Celtic scholar,
According to his vita, Tathai was famous as a miracle-worker and as the
“Father of all Gwent, he was the defender of the woodland country . . .
he was never angry . . . whatever was given to him, he gave to others .
.. . no one was more generous in the West for receiving guests and giving
them hospitality.” Both Caerwent and Llantathan claim to be the place
where he died (Benedictines, Encyclopaedia, Farmer, Montague).
Troparion of St Tathai tone 8
Teacher of true piety and blessed adornment of Christ’s Church, O Father
Tathai:/ as thou didst serve Wales with thy tireless endeavours, teach
us, O Saint, the virtues of unshakeable stability and loyalty to the
true Faith,/ that at the end Christ our God will grant great mercy to
I wish I could persuade spiritual persons that the way of perfection does
not consist in many devices, nor in much cogitation, but in denying
themselves completely and yielding themselves to suffer everything for love
of Christ. And if there is failure in this exercise, all other methods of
walking in the spiritual way are merely a beating about the bush, and
profitless trifling, although a person should have a very high contemplation
and communication with God.
-St. John of the Cross
8 Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
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