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David, Bishop and Patron Saint of Wales

David, or Dewi, was a monk and a bishop in the sixth century. He was reputed to be an exemplar of the ascetic, spiritual life but was also highly regarded for his kindness and compassion to others, particularly the poor and the sick. He is believed to have founded the monastery at Menevia, now St David’s, and also at least a dozen other monasteries. He is said to have based his Rule for his monasteries on that of the Egyptian desert monks, with a strong emphasis on hard work, abstinence from alcohol and a refraining from unnecessary speech. He died in about the year 601 and has been regarded as the patron saint of Wales since at least the twelfth century.
Hagiography from Exciting Holiness by Brother Tristam SSF

Collect 168 (Text shown)
Post Communion Prayer 169 (Text shown)

Eucharist (Text shown)
Sirach 15. 1-6 or Jeremiah 1. 4-10
Psalm 16. 3, 5-8
1 Thessalonians 2. 2b-12
Matthew 16. 24-27

Morning Prayer (Text not shown)
Psalm 112
Wisdom 5. 1-16 or 2 Samuel 23. 1-4
Hebrews 11. 8-16

Evening Prayer (Text not shown)
Psalm 92
Ezekiel 2. 1-7
1 Timothy 4. 1-8

1984 (Text not shown)
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Collect 168

1984 Prayer Book
Almighty God, who in love towards thy people didst call thy servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of thy mysteries: mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the whole Gospel of Christ, we may with him receive thy heavenly reward; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, world without end.

God our Father,
you gave Saint David to the people of Wales
to uphold the faith:
encouraged by his example,
may we joyfully hold fast to the things
which lead to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be all honour and glory,
now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer 169

Almighty God,
awaken in us the zeal of your servant David
that we may follow you in singleness of heart;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sirach 15. 1-6 or Jeremiah 1. 4-10

Sirach 15. 1-6

Whoever fears the Lord will do this, and whoever holds to the law will obtain wisdom. She will come to meet him like a mother, and like a young bride she will welcome him. She will feed him with the bread of learning, and give him the water of wisdom to drink. He will lean on her and not fall, and he will rely on her and not be put to shame. She will exalt him above his neighbours, and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly. He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing, and will inherit an everlasting name.

Jeremiah 1. 4-10

Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’ But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.’ Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, ‘Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.’

Psalm 16. 3, 5-8

Biblical text

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Pointed Psalm

All my delight is upon the godly that are / in the / land :
upon / those • who are / noble in / heart.
The Lord himself is my portion / and my / cup :
in your hands a/lone / is my / fortune.
My share has fallen in a / fair / land :
indeed, I / have a / goodly / heritage.
I will bless the Lord who has / given me / counsel :
and in the night watches / he in/structs my / heart.
I have set the Lord / always be/fore me :
he is at my right / hand; I / shall not / fall.

1 Thessalonians 2. 2b-12

We had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Matthew 16. 24-27

Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? ‘For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done.


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