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10 December

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      Celtic and Old English Saints 10 December

      * St. Deiniol of Bangor

      St. Deiniol (Daniel) of Bangor in Wales

      St Deiniol (+ c.584) was said to be a descendant of Coel Godebog, a
      Celtic chieftain of North Britain. He founded two monasteries at Bangor
      Fawr (modern Bangor on the Menai Straits) and Bangor Iscoed (modern
      Bangor-on-Dee). The monks at Bangor Iscoed totalled over 2000 before
      they were routed in battle by the pagan King of Northumbria. According
      to Bede, it had been the most famous monastery of British Christianity.

      Regarded as the first Bishop of Bangor, St Deiniol was comparable in
      status with St David and St Dyfrig. Several churches in North Wales are
      dedicated to St Deiniol, which is perhaps why the great Liberal prime
      minister W.E. Gladstone dedicated his famous library to him at Hawarden.


      Another Life:

      St.Deiniol Gwyn

      (Welsh, Deiniol/Latin, Dainiolus/English, Daniel)

      Prince Deiniol the Blessed was a saintly man who appears to have already
      established himself in Gwynedd in the early 6th century, long before his
      father, King Dunaut's defeat and expulsion from Dunoting. Deiniol
      settled in Bangor Fawr on the Menai Straits where King M?lgwn of Gwynedd
      gave him lands to establish a monastic Cathedral. He later refounded the
      monastery at Bangor-Is-y-Coed (upon Dee) under the patronage of his
      uncle, King Brochfael Ysgythrog (of the Tusks) of Powys. Deiniol's
      ageing father may have become Abbot here.

      Deiniol attended the Synod of Llandewi Brefi where he was consecrated
      Bishop of Bangor (Fawr) by St.Dewi (David) himself. Upon his return, he
      is said to have founded churches at Llandeiniol in Dyfed and Llanfor and
      Llanuwchllyn near Lake Bala.

      Though he died at Bangor Fawr on 11th September 584, his body was taken
      to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) to be buried. The Cathedral at Bangor
      (Fawr) is still dedicated to him today.

      Troparion of St Deiniol tone 4
      By thy teaching and pious life thou didst shine forth in the age of
      Saints, O Hierarch Deiniol,/ and becoming Bangor's first bishop thou
      wast an instrument of God's grace, leading many to salvation./ Pray, O
      Saint, that we may be led into the Way of Truth that our souls may be

      Sacred Places of Wales: Bangor Cathedral

      A Meditation on the Precious Cross
      by a modern-day Abbot Deiniol of Wales

      These Lives are archived at:
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