Celtic and Old English Saints – November 2017



St. Cadfan of Wales
St. Ceitho of Wales
St. Pabiali of Wales
St. Dingad of Wales
St. Cledwyn of Wales
St. Gwythian of Cornwall
Ss. Baya and Maura
St. Hercus of Slane
St. Cumgar of Devonshire
St. Winifred of Holywell
St. Vulganius of Arras
St. Rumwald of Brackley
St. Cristiolus of Wales
St. Elerius of Wales
St. Tanglen of Scotland
St. Guenhael of Landevenec
St. Gwyddfarch of Moel yr Ancr
St. Clether of Cornwall
St. Brinstan of Winchester
St. Kanten of Wales
St. Kea of Devon and Cornwall
St. Bertila of Chelles
St. Illtud of Llantwit Major
St. Edwen of Anglesey
St. Efflam of Brittany
St. Pinnock of Cornwall
St. Winnoc of Wormhoult
St. Willibrord of Northumbria and Friesland
St. Congar of Congresbury
St. Florentius of Strassburg
St. Cybi of Caenarvon
St. Gervat of Kinnedor
St. Moroc of Scotland
St. Tysilio of Wales
St. Benen of Ireland
St. Pabo of Llanbabon
St. Triduana of Restalrig
St. Aedh MacBricc of Meath
St. Elaeth of Anglesey
St. Just of Canterbury
St. John the Irish of Mecklemburg
St. Cynfran of Wales
St. Rhedius of Llanllyfni, Wales
St. Martin of Tours
St. Cadwallador of Wales
St. Cumian the Fada
St. Lebwin of Alost
St. Machar of Iona
St. Sinell of Cleenish
St. Brice of Tours
St. Caillin of Ferns
St. Columba of Cornwall
St. Denick of Caithness
St. Gredifael of Wales
St. Kilian of Aubigny
St. Dyfrig of Caerleon
St. Modan of Scotland
St. Saens of Saint-Saens
St. Constant of Lough
St. Malo of Brittany
St. Fintan of Rheinau
St. Machell of Lianfechell
St. Afan of Wales
St. Alfrick of Canterbury
St. Hilda of Whitby
St. Mawes of Brittany
St. Ronan of Drumshallon
St. Constant of Ireland
St. Keverne of Cornwall
St. Mabyn of Cornwall
St. Momble of Lagny
St. Medana of Galloway
St. Ronan of Drumshallon
St. Ermenburga of Thanet
St. Edmund the Martyr
St. Humbert of the East Angles
St. Colman
St. Maxentia of Beauvais
St. Eval of Cornwall 
St. Columban of Luxeuil and Bobbio
St. Columbanus Junior
St. Digain of Cornwall
St. Deiniol the Younger of Bangor
St. Paulinus of Wales
St. Edred of England
St. Colman of Cloyne
St. Kenan of Damleag
St. Marianus and St. Anianus
St. Eanfleda of Whitby
St. Bieuzy of Brittany
St. Teilo of Llandaff
St. Egelwine of Athelney
St. Fergus of Glamis
St. Seachnall of Dunshaughlin
St. Virgil of Salzburg
St. Congar of Somerset
St. Edwold of Cerne
St. Gallgo of Wales
St. Fionnchu of Bangor
St. Brendan of Birr
St. Sadwen of Wales
St. Ethelwin of Athelney
St. Tugdual of Brittany
St. Crida of Cornwall

1 november

St. Cadfan of Wales
St. Ceitho of Wales
St. Pabiali of Wales
St. Dingad of Wales
St. Cledwyn of Wales
St. Gwythian of Cornwall

Source: Celtic and Old English Saints – November 2017

Celtic and Old English Saints 1 November

* St. Cadfan of Wales
* St. Ceitho of Wales
* St. Pabiali of Wales
* St. Dingad of Wales
* St. Cledwyn of Wales
* St. Gwythian of Cornwall

 Welsh Saints of november 1st 2017



St. Cadfan of Wales, Abbot
(Catamanu, Catman)

Died probably at Bardsey in the early 6th century. A missionary from
Letavia (probably in Brittany but possibly in south-eastern Wales) to
Wales, Cadfan founded monasteries at Towyn in Merionethshire and
Llangadfan in Montgomeryshire, and later a monastic centre on the island
of Bardsey (Ynys Enlli), where he was first abbot. Bardsey developed
into a great centre of monasticism. It is said that as he went from
Towyn to Llangadfan he passed through Pistyll Gadfan, Eisteddfa Gadfa,
and Llwbyr Gadfan.

Bardsey Island is still a wild, isolated place - exactly the kind of
spot to which the Celtic monks liked to retreat. The first monastery
here was founded by St Cadfan in 429. Today's remains are 13th century
and are of the Augustinian abbey of St Mary, built on the site of the
original monastery. In time Bardsey became one of the most popular
places of pilgrimage in Britain and many went there to be buried so as
to be close to the numerous ascetic saints who died there. In time it
known as "The Island of 20,000 Saints." Human bones were so common that
they were used to mend fences!

Cadfan's holy well could be found in the churchyard at Towyn, near his
chapel (since destroyed), where many were cured of rheumatism, scrofula,
and skin diseases. It continued to attract pilgrims long after the
Reformation. Baths and changing-rooms were added until it went into
disuse about 1894.

In the church at Towyn, there is a stone pillar, called the Cadfan
stone, with an ancient inscription that marks the place of his burial:

"Beneath a similar mound lies Cadfan,
sad it should enclose the praise of the earth.
May he rest without blemish."

A Cadfan also has an active cultus in Finistere and Cotes du Nord,
Brittany. While it is generally held that this is the same Cadfan (the
reason for thinking that he was a Breton), there are still problems in
making the connection between the two. The question may never be
settled. The Breton Cadfan is the patron of a church at Poullan, near
Douarnenez. (Benedictines, Delaney, Farmer).

Troparion of St Cadfan tone 8
Leaving thy native Brittany for the love of Christ, O Father Cadfan,/
thou dost teach us not to love places or things more than Him./
Wherefore, O holy one, intercede for us that we may be faithful to our
calling and found worthy of great mercy.

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St. Ceitho of Wales

6th century. One of five brothers, saints of the great Welsh family of
Cunedda. A church at Pumpsant was dedicated to the five brothers. That
at Llangeith in Cardiganshire, was founded by Saint Ceitho

Troparion of St Ceitho tone 8
In God's earthly house is the very Gate of Heaven,/ O holy Ceitho in thy
foundation thou didst open to men the way of salvation./ Wherefore, O
Saint, pray that we, entering His holy temple,/ may worthily stand
before God and implore Him to grant mercy to our souls.

St. Pabiali (Partypallai) of Wales

5th or 6th century. Pabiali, another son of the British prince Brychan
by his Spanish wife Proistri, is said to have gone to Spain. He is
patron of a chapel called Partypallai in Wales (Benedictines).

St. Cledwyn (Clydwyn) of Wales

5th century. Patron saint of Llangledwyn in Carmarthenshire. Alleged
to have been the eldest son of King Saint Brychan (f.d. April 6), and to
have succeeded him as ruler of part of his dominions (Benedictines).

St. Dingad (Digat) of Wales

Died 5th century. Saint Dingad was another son of the chieftain Brychan
of Brecknock (f.d. April 6). He led a monastic or eremitical life at
Llandingad (Llandovery, Dyfed) in Monmouthshire, southern Wales. The
patron of Dingestow (Gwent) may be today's saint or Dingad ab Nudd Hael,
king of Bryn Buga (Benedictines, Bowen, Farmer).

Troparion of Ss Pabiali, Cledwyn and Dingad tone 4
Treasures of the legacy of Brychan,/ noble ascetics and teachers of the
Orthodox Faith,/ O pious Pabiali, Cledwyn and Dingad, who make this day
illustrious with your memory,/ cease not in your intercessions before
the Throne of Grace/ that Christ our God will be gracious to us and show
us great mercy.

St. Gwythian (Gwithian, Gothian)

Date unknown. Saint Gwythian, patron of a church in northern Cornwall
and a nearby ruined chapel, settled at Towednack and was probably
associated with Saint Winwaloe (f.d. March 3) (Farmer).

Church of Saint Gwithian in Cornwall

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