Friday, March 1, 2013

St. David of Wales, Bishop & Monastic

Today the Church remembers St. David of Wales who lived in the 500s.  David (also known as “Dewi”), became a priest, engaged in missionary work and founded many monasteries, including his principal abbey in southwestern Wales. Many stories and legends sprang up about David and his Welsh monks. Their austerity was extreme. They worked in silence without the help of animals to till the soil. Their food was limited to bread, vegetables and water.

He gained some fame around 550 when he attended a synod of bishops for his eloquence.  The headquarters of his diocese were moved to Mynyw, where David had his monastery. 

David is often pictured standing on a mound with a dove.  Legend has it that once while he was preaching a dove descended to his shoulder and the earth rose to lift him high above the people so that he could be heard.

David ruled his diocese until he had reached a very old age; his last words to those in his care were: “Be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith, and do the little things that you have seen and heard with me.”

Let us pray:  Almighty God, who called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the gospel of Christ, we may with him receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever.  Amen.



The Lenten Series continues next Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church where we will hear from Kathy Culmer.

Friday and Saturday, 8& 9 March, Wine Glass and Art Class with Lee Runion.

We will host St. Christopher’s quiet day and vestry planning day at St. Augustine’s the 9th of March.

Quiet Day of Prayer at Grace Episcopal, Saturday, 16 March from 9 A.M. to Noon with the Rev. Kate Picot, associate rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston.

Adult Christian Education Series continues this Sunday come and join us as Jillian and Tom Bain guide us through the Scripture behind Handel’s Messiah. This is a wonderful study!

Remember to collect those paper towel tubes and oatmeal containers for the Summer Art Camp at St. Augustine’s.

Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially Gladys and Pat.

Your servant in Christ,
The Rev. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550

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