The main Feast coming up next week is on Monday, which is St David’s day.
St David, or Dewi, was a saint who lived in Pembrokeshire, on the south-western tip of Wales. He was born into a noble family and was educated at Hen Fynyw, before studying to become a priest.
He founded 12 monasteries, including Menevia, which is known today as St David’s, and Glastonbbury.
David settled at Menevia, where the monks lived in extreme hardship, following the example of those in Egypt. They tilled the land by hand plough, were only allowed to speak when necessary, and ate only bread, vegetables and salt. David’s nickname was Aquaticus, because he and his monks only drank water.
David is remembered for his preaching and teaching. His last words are said to have been, “Brethren, persevere in the things you have heard from me”.
In your prayers, please remember the Church in Wales, all religious communities and all those who preach and teach the faith.
At our Society clergy zoom meeting with +Norman recently he told us that, although there won’t be a Society Chrism mass in a cathedral this year, and our clergy will be reaffirming their vows via Zoom on Maundy Thursday morning, the plan is for us to have a Society Chrism mass in Winchester in 2022. It is hoped that a good number of people from the island will attend, as by then we will have two Society clergy serving here – Tony Lawrence and me!
+Norman is still intending to come to the island once we are back into a regular rhythm of public worship. He hopes to use that as an opportunity for us to receive our oils, and for lay people to reaffirm their baptismal vows.
From next Sunday, the Sunday readings will be taken from the Common Worship Lectionary, instead of the Roman one. This will take us into line with the Church of England as a whole and, once we are back in church, will make life a lot easier for visiting clergy.
I hope you are finding a way to make Lent an enriching time for you. If you’ve not been able to decide on a Lent book, you could try reflectively reading one of the Gospels and listen for what new things God might be wanting to say to you, as you read the familiar passages with new eyes.
With my love and prayers,
The painting above is Transfiguration, by Raphael, which was unfinished at his death in 1520. It is part of the Pinacoteca Vaticana Collection in Vatican City. Creative Commons CC0 License