The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today is the feast day of St David. David was a monk and a bishop in the sixth century, about 1,400 years ago. He is sometimes called Dewi. He lived as an ascetic – that means there was no luxury in his life, but lots of prayer and thinking about God. He was a kind and helpful man, who founded a monastery at Minerva, now St Davids, in Wales, and at least 12 other monasteries.
His rules for living included no alcohol, and no unnecessary speech! He died in 601 and has been the special saint of Wales since the year 1200.
Legends about him include: He was a small man, and once when he was preaching, the people couldn’t see him, so he prayed and the land underneath him rose into a little hill!
Another time he is said to have prayed for water, and a spring came up from beneath the ground.
God our Father, You gave the bishop David to the Welsh Church to uphold the faith
and to be an example of Christian perfection.
In this changing world
may he help us to hold fast to the values which bring eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who being God,
lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.