Thursday, 11 July 2013

Celtic Trinity Pilgrimage

From the Vicar 
We are hoping to join walkers from the Deanery of Dyffryn Clwyd, as a shared Pilgrimage, on Sunday 14th of July, to walk all, or part, of the Celtic Trinity Pilgrimage.

The total distance is approximately 7 miles but there are options to shorten the journey!  

For those that want to take part in the Church services on route the first service will begin at St Saeran’s Llanynys at 10.00am with a Communion Service. - for those that just want to take part in the walk itself we will begin walking from around 11.00am.

St Saeran’s Church was the Mother Church of the Vale of Clwyd in the early Middle Ages and has the best preserved medieval wall painting of St Christopher and the Christ Child in Wales (possibly Great Britain).

After Llanynys we will set out to St Hychan’s Church Llanychan for our packed lunch or lunch which can be purchased here.

St Hychan’s Church was founded around 450 AD on the site of St Hychan’s Anchorite Cell. He was martyred with his sister Tybie by the pagan Irish on a field called Rhandir Hychan in Carmarthen. His symbol is a palm leaf which is illustrated on our pilgrimage passport stamp.

Pilgrims from Llanrhaeadr may wish to join us here for the next phase of our journey, as we hope to set off to Llangynhafal between 1.00pm and 1.30pm.

St Cynhafal’s Church Llangynhafal is the only church dedicated to this 7th century Missionary Monk. Here we will hold our Celtic Style Evening Prayer at approximately 4.00pm. The present Church building dates from the 15th century and is surprisingly spacious and light. St Cynhafal’s Well can also be visited on the 14th it is featured in the book ‘Britains Holiest Places’ by Nick Mayhew Smith. The Well is known as St Cynhafal’s Pin Well with healing properties. The logo on our Pilgrimage stamp here is an image of crossed pins.  

This route is stunning for both for the depth of its Spiritual history and the beauty of the Vale of Clwyd. On the 14th of July at each of the Churches there will be temporary facilities and there are plans to create permanent facilities within each Church for future Pilgrims.