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WHO WAS ST. DAVID?

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WHO WAS ST. DAVID? The recent recurrence of this saint's day (March 1st) has led to inquiries about his saintship. We cannot answer them better than by giving the fol- loming from, Chambers' Book of Days" St. David, popularly teimed the titular saint of Wales, is said to have been the son of a prince of Cardiganshire of the ancient regal line of Cunedda Wleuig" some, also, state that lie was the son of Xanthus, son of Ceredig, lord of Ceredigion, and Non, daughter of Gynyr of Caergawh, Pembrokeshire. St David has been invested by his legendary biographers with cx- travagant decoration. But leaving the reis-A.. of fiction, there is no doubt that the valuable services of St David to the British church eu- title him to a very distinguished position in its earlv annals. He is numbered in the Triads with Teilo and Catwjg, as one of thp three canonized saints of Britain.' Giraldus terms him' a mirror and pattern to all, instiuctiug both by word and example, excellent in Lis preaching, but still more so in his works. He was a doctrine to all, a guide to the religi- ous, a life to the poor, a support to orphans, a protection to widows, a father to the fatherless, a rule to monks, and a model tb teachers be- coming all to all, that so he might gain all to G o, I.' To this, bis moral character, St David added a high character for theological learning. St David received his early educatior at Me- nevia, (derived from Main aw, 'a narrow water. frith, or strait), named afterwards Ty Ddewi, David's House,' answering to the present St David's, which was a seminary of learning and nursery of saints. At this place, some years after, he founded a convent in the Vnle of Rlios. The discipline which St David enjoined in this- monastic retreat is represented tS of the most rigorous nature. After the Synod at Brevv, in 519, Duhrieias., or Dyvrig, Archbishop^of Garf loon, and consequently Primate of Wales, signed his see to St David, who removed the archiepiscopal residence to Menevia. the present St Don id's, where he died about the year 544, after having attained a very advanced age. The saint was hu;ied in the cathedral, and a uno.ni- uietit rai-vd t" 1i" memory. It is nf sunple vo.isi.oil. the ovnameu's eons;*tin;⢠of otio row of four quati\ iKil epe.ui.js « p^- tomb.

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