The Feasts of St. Teilo and Our Lady of Lourdes
On Saturday 8th February a group of about 70 parishioners from St. Teilo’s made a pilgrimage to Llandaff Cathedral to pay a visit to the relics of our parish patron, St. Teilo, housed at the Cathedral. The Feast Day of St. Teilo is celebrated on 9th February but the day this year falls on a Sunday.
A wonderful description of the visit can be found here. We thank Fr. Isaac for arranging this special visit and also thank the Cathedral authorities for accommodating our group.
On Sunday 9th February, the actual Feast Day of St. Teilo, the statue of St. Teilo
took a place of honour in the Sanctuary at St. Teilo’s to honour him as our patron,
and to allow parishioners to ask for his intercession for their needs and for the
parish. We also sung the great Welsh hymn ‘Lord, who in thy perfect wisdom’, written
by the former Bishop of Llandaff Timothy Rees (1874-
Also this week, on Tuesday 11th February, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is also the World Day for the Sick. On this day we will have Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Gabalfa at 10.00am, where we will pray for the sick of our parish, for those who care for them and for doctors, nurses and all professional agencies who dedicate their time and energy to helping those who are afflicted by illness or who are housebound.
At the back of both churches a list is available to write the names of those to be prayed for on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. You can write a first name, a full name or just a description of those you wish to be prayed for. This list will then be used at both churches for the rest of the month.
St. Teilo, ora pro nobis, pray for us!
Our Lady of Lourdes, ora pro nobis, pray for us!
Biography of St. Teilo
St. Teilo is one of the great Welsh saints. He was probably born at Penally, near Tenby in Pembrokeshire around the year 500. Although there are conflicting reports about his early life, he was thought to be a cousin of our national patron Dewi Sant, St. David.
He received his education at institutions directed by saints, one being St. Dyfrig, who he succeeded as Bishop of Llandaff, founding the very first Church in Llandaff where the Cathedral stands today. He was also educated by Paulinus of Wales at a place thought to be Whitland in Carmarthenshire. Here he is thought to have met and became a close companion of St. David.
He travelled extensively, including to Brittany, Rome and Jerusalem and to St. David’s in north Pembrokeshire where David founded his monastery. Teilo founded monasteries in Llandeilo (the name of the town literally means ‘Church of St. Teilo’), the place with which which he is most associated, and at Penally. Penally Abbey was located on the pilgrims’ trail to St. David’s.
Teilo went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem with Saints David and Padarn around the year 518. Legend has it that three seats, one decorated ornately in gold, one of bronze and one of cedar, were erected in their honour in readiness for their ordination as bishops by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. The legend has it that the humble Teilo chose the simple wooden seat.
A plague of Yellow Fever devastated parts of Wales in the year 547. Teilo and his
followers fled firstly to Cornwall and then to Brittany where they were welcomed
by St. Samson of Dol. It is thought that Teilo and Samson planted a grove of apple-
At Landaul in Brittany, Teilo is considered the patron saint of apple trees and the
town of Saint-
Teilo returned from Brittany to Llandeilo. He died on 9th February, most likely in the year 560. After his death he became one of the most venerated men in Wales. Several sites in Wales claim to house his remains. A tomb of St. Teilo is located in Llandaff Cathedral while a part of his skull is kept in the South Chapel.
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