ST DAVID, PATRON SAINT OF WALES AND OF VEGETARIANS AND POETS – FEAST DAY: MARCH 1st
We know very little about the life of St David, who was a monk and bishop in south Wales in the late sixth century. He was widely venerated from the eighth century onwards, and his sanctity was officially recognised by the Pope in 1120. There are many stories about his life, but it is not clear how many of them are historical. He is best-known as the patron saint of Wales. He is also patron of vegetarians and poets.
This prayer to St David can be said over nine days as a novena:
PRAYER TO ST DAVID
O God, who raised Blessed David to be an apostle and patron for your people in Wales, grant, we implore, that through his prayers the people may be restored to the truth which he taught, and to attain to everlasting life.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The same prayer in Welsh:
GWEDDI AR DDEWI SANT:
O Dduw a gyfododd y bendigedig Ddewi yn apostol ac yn noddwr I’th bobl yng Nghymru, caniata, atolygwn arnat, trwy ei eiriolaeth edfryd y bobl hyn I’r gwirionedd a ddysgwyd ganddo ef, a chael ohonynt fywyd tragwyddol.
Trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd.