Today the Church remembers St David, scholar, Abbot, Bishop and Primate, of Wales, and Patron Saint of Wales. Little is known of his early life, including exactly when he was born, but he is remembered on March 1, the day of his death in 589. He traveled extensively during his lifetime, founding some 13 monasteries, and spending much of his time in study and meditation.
He was respected by the elders of the Church for his wisdom and thoughtful consideration in all matters, and his legacy of teaching and service to the poor continued long after his death. What Patrick is to Ireland, David is to Wales. You can read more about him here: http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofWales/St-David-Patron- Saint-of-Wales/
St David’s Cathedral is in a sweeping broad valley in Wales, a truly beautiful spot, and worthy of a visit. The symbols of Wales – Leeks and Daffodils – are particularly appropriate for this day when our hearts are turning toward – and yearning for – spring: Nourishment and hope. Potato leek soup, anyone?
Let us pray:
Almighty God, you called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and seal for the Gospel of Christ, we may with him receive our heavenly reward; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,
The Diocese of New Jersey will gather for its annual Diocesan Convention on March 2 and 3 in Cherry Hill New Jersey. St Thomas will be represented this year by Sarah Rinehart, Lynn Logg and Kevin Kapples, along with Canon Horton. Pray for them, and for the clergy and delegates from across the diocese as we gather to pray and work for the life and growth of the Church in this part of God’s creation.