I have many childhood memories of St. David’s Day, including being dressed up, along with many other children, as a daffodil in a play about St. David. On this special day we were given a half-day holiday and we delighted in going home from school at instead of late afternoon. There were no lessons on that day! And the mornings were spent in song, dance and recitation and we listened, watched and performed with great gusto. When we arrived home, there would be a special treat of freshly baked Welsh cakes awaiting us.
St. David lived at the end of the fifth and beginning of the sixth centuries. He was of Welsh royal descent and was born near Non’s chapel on the South-West coast of
It is written about St. David that he was a gentle person and that he lived a life of abstinence. Purportedly, his diet consisted of little more than bread and watercress, which was abundant in the many hillside springs. He was also known as the Water Drinker as, apparently, water is all he drank.
He was educated in a monastery by a blind monk named Paulinus, and St. David himself became a monk, abbot and bishop and, later, archbishop of
As was to be expected, legends and stories grew up around the name of St. David. One of the best known of which is said to have taken place at the synod that was to decide whether he would become an archbishop. A great crowd had gathered to hear him speak and one member called out to say that they wouldn’t be able to hear or see him. Immediately, the ground elevated into a hill and, needless-to-say, David was elected archbishop then and there.
St. David died in 589 on March 1st. The Sunday before his death, he preached a sermon that included these words, “Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about.” The words Do the little things that you have seen me do, are very important, I think. We are to live like Christ, being faithful in the little things, and giving an example to others. This is what St. David did. He lived faithfully in the little things and set an example for all to follow.