St David’s day will see a host of events to celebrate our patron Saint and everything that makes us proud as a nation. Our language and culture and the immense talent that we have exported all over the world is truly something to celebrate.
Then again it will be a delight to share the excitement of the day with girls in their tall bonnets and traditional Welsh dress and the boys in their red tops, with a leek or daffodil proudly attached. That tradition may well be cast aside for a Welsh Rugby jersey, especially in celebration of the Wales’ win against Scotland and everything to play for in the six nations!
St David’s day falls on Sunday this year and in churches and chapels the length and breadth of the land the example of Dewi Sant will be remembered. Our great traditions of praise and worship, the translation of the Bible to the language of the people, the great revivals of faith which history records as changing the lives thousands as God’s Spirit moved in power throughout the land are very much part of who we are today. Then again there already have been, and will be eisteddfodau and concerts commemorating this special day when we affirm that we are part of a great nation whose history, faith and heritage we celebrate as we wear our leeks and daffodils with pride.
Dewi, our patron was an evangelist whose message was grounded in Good News of the Gospel that in doing kind and loving deeds lay the integrity and true worth of any nation. Wales in this early part of the 21st Century may be far removed from the rough and rural land which Dewi knew and explored, however many of the concerns and problems remain the same.
That’s why extending a helping hand and never being indifferent to the needs of others while at the same time holding on to the great heritage of our language and culture is so important. We will again this year wear our daffodils with pride not only on our clothes but in our hearts and by doing so seek to follow Dewi’s example of worship, service and love of his land and people.
Then we will truly celebrate 1st March – Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant.
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