Posted by: anna | February 7, 2012

St Dwynwen of Llandwyn

Today (25 January) in the calendar of early British saints we commemorate St. Dwyn or Dwynwen, virgin of Llandwyn (5th century). Dwynwen was one of the many children of Brychan Brycheiniog, king in Wales. Finding herself crossed in love, she prayed to be freed of her passions. In what strikes me as a particularly cheerful and unselfish way, she also prayed that all truehearted lovers might find happiness (or – practical woman – freedom from their desires). She went to live as a hermit on Llanddwyn, off Anglesey. The ruins of her chapel are still there.

Troparion in Tone 6 to St Dwynwen of Wales (+465)

As a young Christian girl in Wales,
You renounced earthly marriage
In order to consecrate yourself wholly to the Lord.
Then you retreated to the island of Llanddwyn
Where you lived in solitude with God.
Saint Dwynwen, pray to the Lord to save us!

– troparion translated from an original composition in French by Claude Lopez-Ginisty at Acathistes et offices orthodoxes
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