Celtic and Old English Saints          18 October

* St. Brothen and St. Gwendolen of Wales
* St. Gwen of Wales
* St. Gwen of Talgarth
* St. Mono of Scotland
* St. Selevan of Wales

St. Brothen and St. Gwendolen (Gwendoline)
6th century. Only their names and place names honouring these Welsh
saints remains of their history, and the fact that they were given a
public veneration in Wales. Saint Brothen is the patron of Llanbrothen
in Merionethshire. Dolwyddelen and Llanwyddelan in Montgomeryshire
suggest a Saint Gwendolen; this and similar names are diminutives of
Gwen (meaning 'white'), equivalent to the French Blanche (Benedictines).

Troparion of Ss Brothen and Gwendolen tone 1
As in your native Wales you won souls for Christ by your witness,/O
Righteous Brothen and Gwendolen,/ so now in heaven intercede for us/
that our souls may be saved.

St. Gwen, Abbess, Aunt of Saint David of Wales
5th century. There are two saints of this name, both celebrated on the
same day. Both lived during the same period. Saint Gwen of Wales,
widow of King Selyf of Cornwall, is said to have been the sister of
Saint Nonna (f.d. August 5) and, therefore, the aunt of Saint David of
Wales (f.d. March 1). She is alleged to have been the mother of Saints
Cyby (f.d. November 8) and Cadfan (f.d. November 1) and to have founded
the church of Saint Wenn. There are a few other churches in Devon and
Cornwall who may be dedicated to this saint (Benedictines,
Encyclopaedia, Farmer).

Troparion of St Gwen tone 4
Faithfulness was thy virtue, O pious Gwen,/ for no greater sacrifice
than life itself can be made for our saving faith./ Wherefore, holy
Martyr, pray to God for us/ that we too may be faithful, even unto
death,/ that our souls may be saved.

St. Gwen of Talgarth, Martyr,
Daughter of Saint Brychan of Brecknock
(Wenna, Candida, Blanche), Widow
Died c. 492. The other Gwen, also a widow, is said to have been the
daughter of Brychan of Brecknock (f.d. April 6) and, therefore, the
sister of Saint Cledwyn (f.d. November 1) and a host of other saints.
She was murdered by the heathen Saxon at Talgarth c. 492 (Benedictines,

Troparion of St Wenna tone 4
O Brychan's jewel and holy daughter, most pious Wenna,/ thou didst defy
the heathen Saxons, thereby winning a martyr's crown./ Being, therefore,
numbered among the saints,/ intercede for us before the Throne of
Grace,/ that we may be granted great mercy.

St. Mono of Scotland, Hermit in the Ardennes, Martyr
Died c. 645. Mono was an Irish monk or Scottish pilgrim who crossed
over to the continent and lived as a hermit in the
Ardennes, where he is highly venerated by the people. He was murdered
in his cell at Nassogne (Nassau), in Belgian Luxemburg by some robber
whom he had reproved. His tomb in the village at a place now
encompassed by Saint Hubert's abbey was the site of many miracles. There
is a church near Saint Andrew's in Scotland dedicated to him called
Monon's Kirk. (Benedictines, D'Arcy, Encyclopaedia, Fitzpatrick,
Husenbeth, Kenney).

Troparion of St Monon tone 4
Thou hast revealed to us the treasures of solitude, O Father Monon,/
and, fearing nothing, thou didst rebuke the lawless men for their
ungodliness. Wherefore, pray to God for us/ that we may have the courage
to confront evil,/ even though like thee/ we thereby receive the crown
of martyrdom,/ that we may be found worthy of eternal salvation.

St. Selevan of Wales, Martyr

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