A small band of pilgrims made their way along the Wexford–Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way to arrive in St Davids for the St David’s Day celebrations.
Despite the cold and biting wind, a good crowd gathered at St Nons Well for the traditional St David’s Day blessing. We then processed into the town with hymns and songs on the way passing school children heading for the well for their own celebrations.
We reached Oriel y Parc for 12:00 noon to see if the sun would shine down the hole in the St David’s Day Stone to illuminate the poem written underneath. Usually it is too cloudy but 2023 was the exception and with perfect alignment, and to cheers from the crowd, the shaft of sunlight went right through the hole.
After more blessings in the town square, the procession ended at St David’s Shrine in the Cathedral with a short service. But the celebrations continued later with a live broadcast of evensong from the Cathedral. A wonderful ending to a short but energising pilgrimage.
Our next pilgrimage walking event in the area will be St Patrick’s Pilgrimage Day on Saturday 18 March:
St Patrick’s Pilgrimage Day
On St Patrick’s Weekend celebrate the connections between Ireland & Wales on the new Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way. A Pilgrimage from St Peter’s Goodwick to St Gwyndaf’s Church & Holy Well Llanwnda with BPT’s Wexford-Pembrokeshrie Pilgrim Way specialist David Pepper, celebrating St Patrick’s Weekend & the connections between two Celtic Nations. (Distance: 6 miles)