Today is the feast day of St David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601.
The exact date of his birth is unknown, but David is said to have been born around the year 520 – some 1,500 years ago. David was reputedly born on the Pembrokeshire cliffs during a wild thunderstorm. Story has it that David was the son of Sant (Sanctus), king of Ceredigion and a nun named Nonnita (Non). As a young man, David became a monk. He is said to have founded a monastery in around the year 560, close to the place where he was born. The surrounding area (in Pembrokeshire, west Wales) is now known simply as ‘St Davids’. It’s believed that St Davids Cathedral and St Davids Bishop’s Palace are built on the site of the original monastery.
who called your servant David
to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries
for the people of Wales:
in your mercy, grant that,
following his purity of life and zeal for the gospel of Christ,
we may with him receive the crown of everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.