Posted by: anna | December 4, 2010

St Digain

Today (21 November) we commemorate St Digain, king and confessor (5th century). From Baring Gould and Fisher:
DIGAIN was brother of S. Erbin, and son of Cystennin Gorneu [Constantine of Cornwall]. In a late sixteenth century list of parishes he is called Digain Frenin [King Digain]. He lived early in the fifth century, and is said to have founded Llangernyw, “the Church of the Cornishman,” in Denbighshire, which is situated not far from Llangystennin, founded by his father. They are in the same Deanery. Sometimes his brother Erbin is coupled with him in the dedication. In the parish is a wood called Coed Digain.
He is also supposed to have founded the now extinct church of Llangernyw, in the Valley Dore, in the district of Erging, Herefordshire. It occurs in the Book of Llan Dav as Lann Cerniu, also called Cenubia ( = Cernubia), and identical with Cum Barruc. In Erging is also the church of Lann Custenhin Garth Benni, now Welsh Bicknor.
His Festival, which is found in a good number of the early Welsh Calendars, is on November 21.
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Troparion of St Digain tone 8

O son of Constantine and servant of God, Righteous Digain, thou dost teach us by thy example that no man is too mighty to humbly serve Christ and labour for His Holy Church./ Therefore, O holy one, pray to God for us that He will grant us the grace of humility, the joy of service and salvation for our souls.

Holy Digain, pray to God for us.
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