The miracles of Saint David
dydd gŵyl dewi hapus – Happy St David’s Day!
DID YOU KNOW? The patron saint of Wales was quite the miracle maker!
As legend has it;
- St David restored a blind man’s sight when he was baptised by a blind monk and some of the water from the font splashed onto his eyes.
- St David managed to bring a child back to life by splashing the boy’s face with tears.
- As neighbours were struggling with dried up land, David stuck his staff into the ground and immediately a spring sprung out of the ground.
- Some of St. David’s monks turned against him and decided to poison his food. A friend in Ireland foresaw this in a dream and he sent St. Scuthyn to warn St David. There were no ships available, so instead, a sea monster picked him up on his back and carried him across to Wales.
- When St David was warned about the deadly poison in his food he broke his bread into three pieces. He gave one piece to a dog, and another to a crow and both died instantly. He then blessed the third piece, which he ate himself, without dying.
- A jealous ruler sent slaves to harm David and his monks and upon attack, they lost all their strength and failed to do anything. Instead, they found all their cattle dead. After asking for forgiveness from David and the monks, the cattle came back to life.
- He cleansed deadly water at Bath and then transformed it into a warm and healing pool. He was preaching to a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi and as many of the people couldn’t see or hear him, David managed to raise the ground beneath him into a tall hill so his sermon could be heard by all.
St David is thought to have died on March 1, 589 AD, and his remains were buried in St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, which was a popular pilgrimage destination throughout the middle ages, and still attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The popular city of St Davids is located on the far south west coast of Wales. It is a beautiful, tiny city, surrounded by stunning coastal scenery and an abundance of history. Full of restaurants, pubs, lovely places to stay, interesting shops, the magnificent Cathedral and the award winning Whitesands beach, it’s definitely a place to visit this year.