So returning to 23 November (o.s.), today we commemorate St. Polin (Paulhen, Pewlin, Paulinus), abbot of Whitland, of whom there seems little to say other than celt-saints’ brief summary : ‘Died c. 505. A Welsh abbot, pupil of Saint Illtyd, Paulinus is possibly the founder of the monastery of Whitland (Caermarthen), where he had among his disciples Saint David and Saint Teilo (Benedictines).’ There is rather more to say about Whitland, which was refounded as a Cistercian house, perhaps on Paulinus’ foundation, in the 12th century, and where the monastic tradition continues today with a modern house of Cistercian nuns. I am startled to find a troparion! from orthodoxchristian.blogspot.com, I do wish sources were provided for these things.
Thou wast a worthy shepherd of thy flock, O Father Polin,/ bringing many to Christ by thy preaching./ As from Whitland’s monastery the pure light of thy piety shone forth,/ pray that we too may be true lights in a world of darkness/ and may thereby attain eternal salvation.
Holy Paulinus, pray to God for us.