Saint of the day:
Saint Dwynwen, Dawn
Patron Saint of Lovers (Wales)
Saint Dwynwen's Story
A Welsh saint credited with the saying: "Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness." A member of the family of Brychan of Brecknock, she is venerated throughout Wales and Cornwall, England.
Dwynwen is believed to have been a daughter of King Brychan Brycheiniog, who lived in the 5th century. Her mother may have been Rigrawst. Dwynwen lived in Anglesey, and her name is still recalled in place names such as Llanddwyn and Porthddwyn in Wales and the church of Sen Adhwynn in Advent, Cornwall.
In the tale told of her, Dwynwen falls in love with a young man named Maelon, but rejects his advances. Stories differ substantially on the events that follow but the outcome remains the same. Either she is raped by Maelon and prays for assistance, or she is unable to marry him due to her father's refusal and prays to forget her love for him. An angel provides her with a potion. Maelon drinks it and turns into ice. Dwynwen then prays for three requests (either given as a result of drinking the potion, or prayed for when she sees what happens to Maelon). These three requests are that Maelon be released; that, through her, God look after all true lovers; and that she remain unmarried. She then retreats to the solitude of Ynys Llanddwyn off the west coast of Anglesey to become a hermit until she dies, in about AD 460.
St Dwynwen's Church
Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey, Wales
St Dwynwen's Church is a ruined church on the island of Ynys Llanddwyn off the coast of the island of Anglesey, northwest Wales. Unusually for churches in that region it has a cruciform floor plan.