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St David’s Cathedral to celebrate anniversary of English king’s pilgrimage

24 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Henry II of England. By David Cole (CC 1.0)

St David’s Cathedral is set to celebrate the anniversary of the pilgrimage of King Henry II of England.

On Wednesday 29th September it will hold a series of special services and events in the city of St Davids, Pembrokeshire, to mark the 850 years since the visit by the English monarch 850 years ago in 1171.

The Dean of St Davids, The Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones said the cathedral is “delighted to share the history of our cathedral”, which saw the “transition from rule by native princes of Wales to that of the Norman and English monarchy”.

The pilgrimage took place within a year of the brutal and public murder of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket after a dispute over the rights and privileges of the Church.

Henry II invaded Wales several times, fighting wars with Welsh princes Owain ap Gruffudd of Gwynedd, and Rhys ap Gruffydd of Deheubarth.

The Dean of St Davids, The Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, told the Western Telegraph: “The 12th century was an important period in Welsh history, seeing the transition from rule by native princes of Wales to that of the Norman and English monarchy.

“We are delighted to share the history of our cathedral in the medieval period with visitors and pilgrims today.”

‘Tour’ 

The events include morning prayer in St Thomas Becket Chapel, and a tour of 12th Century St Davids Cathedral, which continues across the bridge between the Cathedral and the medieval Bishops Palace.

There will also be a talk titled “What happened here 850 years ago today?”, which will feature Rev’d Leigh Richardson, Sub-Dean, and Mari James, Library Development Officer.

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Parch Ian Thomas
Parch Ian Thomas
27 days ago

Dathlu disodliad ein tywysogion Cymreig a sefydliad cyfundrefn estron? Cywilyddus!

Aled Rees
Aled Rees
27 days ago

Yn union.

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
27 days ago

They obviously have lost the plot
Within the Cathedral are the tombs of Lord Rhys and almost certain!y that of his son Rhys Gryg all in plain sight

Why promote the Normans It’s like Israel erecting a monument to Hitler

This land is ours. the people of Wales not anyone else’s

Adrian Meagher
Adrian Meagher
27 days ago

It’s not like Hitler and the Jews. The Normans merely wanted to conquer Wales, like they had previously done with England, leaving the populace intact to produce food and keep the country ticking over. Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jewish peoples of all Europe, no matter how exalted or humble they might be. He was willing to waste resources and manpower to keep the extermination camps operating, right to the very end. The Normans in Wales did not descend to such levels of madness and evil.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
27 days ago

shameful indeed

Chris Franks
Chris Franks
27 days ago

Like in 1940 we saw the transition from a democratic French Government to the Nazi thugs.

Hannah Tumelty
Hannah Tumelty
27 days ago

Beth yn y byd sy’n bod ar y bobol ‘ma.? Drato shwd beth.

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
27 days ago

Is this a part a muscular unionism?

Richard Huw Morgan
Richard Huw Morgan
27 days ago

I feel a mass picketing of this “celebration” coming on…

Grayham Jones
27 days ago

No English history in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English history out of wales only welsh history in wales stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Cilmeri
Cilmeri
27 days ago

Not surprised. The Cathedral and its staff show scant regard to Eales and it’s culture. You only have to visit to realise how little importance is given to the Welsh language within the confines of the cathedral. True also of the Church in Wales generally.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
27 days ago
Reply to  Cilmeri

Yes very disappointing

Raymond Jenner
Raymond Jenner
27 days ago
Reply to  Cilmeri

Latin was the language of the church until very recently.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
26 days ago
Reply to  Raymond Jenner

Not the Anglican church, that changed from Latin about 500 years ago.

Last edited 26 days ago by Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
26 days ago
Reply to  Cilmeri

Yes it very sad and disappointing that the Church in Wales doesn’t seem interested in the Welsh language

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
27 days ago

Why would the Dean of St Davids, The Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, celebrate an English Monarch’s visit when his pilgrimage was the forerunner to the Anglo-Norman invasion of Wales that usurped our native Monarchy resulting in the subsequent dissolving of the native Celtic Church to the diocese of Canterbury & England? Has she been at the Sacramental wine? She forgets, rather than celebrating an English King, should champion the birth of the Welsh Church and Christianity in Wales, which I might add, is far older than either the English, Irish or Scottish churches. It’s said that Christianity was… Read more »

Last edited 27 days ago by Y Cymro
j humphrys
j humphrys
27 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Catholics are waiting for their churches back, though I personally don’t mind if we also get as “Celtic” as research allows. Quite a few churches are simply museums and it would be good to see them come to life as multi-denominational.
Now that would be a celebration, to unite Welsh Christians, or just those wanting peace.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
27 days ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Agreed. And why this decision is so odd? It’s like the recent shelved Iron Ring monument for NE Wales to celebrate Wales oppression by the English crown. Crazy?

Last edited 27 days ago by Y Cymro
James Berry
James Berry
27 days ago

Why?

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
27 days ago
Reply to  James Berry

That was my first thought when I saw the title of the article.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
27 days ago

Why do they want to celebrate our conquest and colonisation? Seems crazy to me. I thought it was the Church in Wales not the Church of England.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
27 days ago

I think a quiet demonstration is in order

Darren Williams
Darren Williams
27 days ago

On Wednesday I will be in St David’s to remind people of the heinous acts committed by the English monarchy on Wales. Celebrating these acts is disgusting and I will not sit back and let it go ahead.

Quornby
Quornby
27 days ago

Delighted to share our history of subservience? They wonder why the churches are empty of worshippers.

Erisian
Erisian
27 days ago

Celebrate? A day of national mourning surely.

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
26 days ago

English King? Henry II was still part of the Norman conquest. French was still the language of the royal court!

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
26 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Either way he was not Welsh

Julian Rutter
Julian Rutter
26 days ago

Agree that this looks bad..but do the organizers use the word ‘celebrate’ or is that the headline writer?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
26 days ago

Is this an Act of Contrition demanded by Boris via Hart and the Arch Oilman to atone for the sins of Bishop Penberthy I wonder ?

Vaughan
Vaughan
24 days ago

Heney 2nd used to visit Canterbury Cathedral once a year to be whipped as an act of pennance for the murder of Thomas À’Beckett

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