Fine Art Landscape Photography St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, Wales UK
BATHED IN LIGHT
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St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, Wales
The image shows the nave of St David’s Cathedral, taken a little after dawn. St David’s Cathedral is named, of course, after Saint David. Legend tells us that Saint David was born to Saint Non circa 500AD at what is now St Non’s, just south of the city of St David’s. He grew up to become a Welsh Bishop, and was renowned as a teacher and preacher, founding monastic settlements and churches in Wales, Dumnonia (an area centred around Cornwall) and Brittany (north west France). St David's Cathedral stands on the site of the monastery he founded in the 'Glyn Rhosyn' valley in Pembrokeshire. He rose to a bishopric and presided over two synods. Unlike many contemporary 'saints' of Wales, David was officially recognised by the Vatican by Pope Callixtus II in 1120.
David’s best-known miracle is said to have taken place when he was preaching in the middle of a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi: the village of Llanddewi Brefi (Ceredigion, Wales) is said to stand on the spot where the ground on which he stood is reputed to have risen up to form a small hill. A white dove, which became his emblem, and can be seen in some of the stained glass windows in the Cathedral, was seen settling on his shoulder.
The Monastic Rule of David prescribed that monks had to pull the plough themselves without draught animals, must drink only water, eat only bread with salt and herbs, and spend the evenings in prayer, reading and writing. No personal possessions were allowed: even to say "my book" was considered an offence. He lived a simple life and practiced asceticism, teaching his followers to refrain from eating meat or drinking beer. David regularly stood in cold water for long periods, and was nicknamed Dewi Ddyfrwr, David the Water Drinker. His symbol, also the symbol of Wales, is the leek.
It is claimed that David lived for over 100 years, and he died on a Tuesday 1 March (now St David's Day). His last words to his followers were in a sermon on the previous Sunday. Rhygyfarch (son of Sulien, an 11th century Bishop of St David's, and author of the standard Life of Saint David) transcribes these as:
Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.
'Do the little things in life' ('Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd') is today a very well known phrase in Welsh. David was buried at St David's Cathedral, where his shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages. During the 10th and 11th centuries the Cathedral was regularly raided by Vikings who removed the shrine from the church and stripped off the precious metal adornments. In 1275 a new shrine was constructed, the ruined base of which remains to this day in the Cathedral.
* This image is a Limited Edition Print of 350 for all prints larger than 12"x8".
Location: St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, Wales UK