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5 December

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      Celtic and Old English Saints 5 December

      * St. Justinian of Wales
      * St. Cawrdaf of Wales

      St. Justinian (Jestin, Stinan) of South Wales, Martyr
      Born in Brittany; died in Wales; 6th century. The nobly-born Saint
      Justinian was ordained a priest, then migrated from his homeland to
      become a hermit on the Isle of Ramsey off the coast of Dyfed in southern
      Wales. He joined forces with another devout recluse named Honorius, who
      lived there with his sister and her maid.

      Saint David was so impressed with Justinian's reputation for holiness
      that he invited him to pay a visit and later gave him
      houses on the island and mainland. The 12th-century Saint David's
      manuscript tells us that long after, some sailors told Justinian that
      David was ill and offered to take today's saint to visit him again. Once
      they were at sea, Justinian realised that they were demons and recited
      Psalm 79. When he reached the appropriate phrase, they "flew away like
      black crows." Upon landing safely, Justinian found David in perfect

      The devils tried again: They attacked him through his three servants.
      When Justinian urged them to industry, they were enraged, dashed him to
      the ground, and beheaded him. A miraculous spring with healing
      properties welled up at the place where his head had landed. The
      evildoers were afflicted with leprosy and forced to live in isolation on
      a crag known as "the Lepers rock."

      Like Saint Denis (f.d. October 9), Justinian carried his severed head to
      the site where he wished to be buried. A church was later constructed
      over the spot. After many miracles occurred there, Saint David
      translated the body to a new tomb in his own church.

      Justinian has been consistently venerated as a martyr in Welsh
      calendars. The church of Llanstinan (near Fishguard) is dedicated to
      him (Benedictines, Farmer).

      The Shrine of Saint David and Saint Justinian

      The modern reliquary is behind the seats of those attending services in a
      pretty chapel dedicated to The Trinity.

      St.Cawrdaf of Wales
      Died c. 560. The son and successor of Caradog, chieftain of Brecknock
      and Hereford, Saint Cawrdaf ended life as a monk under Saint Illtyd
      (f.d. November 6) (Benedictines).

      Troparion of St Cawrdaf tone 8
      O Father Cawrdaf, spurning the transitory glory of temporal power,/ thou
      didst flee from the world to serve God in monastic seclusion./
      Wherefore, O righteous one, pray that we, following thy example by
      serving God rather than self,/ may be found worthy of eternal salvation.

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