Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 01 Mar 2021

Wrexham AFC is celebrating along with millions across Wales the day of our patron saint, St David.

In any normal year, people all over the country would be participating in traditions and parades with friends and loved ones but, of course, this hasn't been a normal year.

However, many schools will be creating the best day possible by wearing red or donning in traditional 'Welsh Lady' dress whilst many will, of course, be sporting a daffodil or leak as tradition and enjoying some Bara Brith.

We look forward to hearing beautiful songs and recitals - allbeit in a different way this year - and getting home for a hearty bowl of cawl come this evening.

Happy St David's Dy, everyone! Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus, Pawb!

Who was St David?

St David was born in the year 500, the grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda, King of Ceredigion. According to legend, his mother St Non gave birth to him on a Pembrokeshire clifftop during a fierce storm. The spot is marked by the ruins of Non’s Chapel, and a nearby holy well is said to have healing powers. 

St David became a renowned preacher, founding monastic settlements and churches in Wales, Brittany and southwest England – including, possibly, the abbey at Glastonbury. St David reputedly made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, from which he brought back a stone that now sits in an altar at St Davids Cathedral, built on the site of his original monastery.

The most famous miracle associated with St David took place when he was preaching to a large crowd in Llanddewi Brefi.  When people at the back complained that they could not hear him, the ground on which he stood rose up to form a hill. A white dove, sent by God, settled on his shoulder. 

St David died on 1 March – St David’s Day - in 589. He was buried at the site of St Davids Cathedral, where his shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages. His last words to his followers came from a sermon he gave on the previous Sunday: ‘Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.’ The phrase ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd’ - ‘Do the little things in life’ - is still a well-known maxim in Wales. 

- St David's Profile from VisitWales

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