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Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:56:13 +0000

Last Build Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:18:22 +0000

Copyright: Evelyn Nicholson

Beautiful Tridentine Mass at Abergavenny for the Martyred Priests..Choir excel themselves

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:56:13 +0000

Beautiful Mass from Our Lady and St Michael's Benedictine Priory church in Abergavenny, commemorating the lives of the martyred priests and in thanksgiving, The Priory Church was packed for the occasion and Father Tom Regan OSB celebrated the Mass while Abbot Paul Stoneham of Belmont the Mother House read the prayers for the priests at the end.

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Epiphany at Gloucester Cathedral and with Pope St Leo

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 21:57:00 +0000

The holy evening of Epiphany and Mary talks about Old Christmas Day and Epiphany Customs, and especially the Twelfth Night Celebrations disapproved of by the Victorians and the games which were once commonplace and enjoyable social and family interactions.

Mary takes us to a carol service at Gloucester Cathedral where her son sings bass in the chapel Choir of the King's School .The service begins with the Kyrie de Angelis and then we hear the choir singing Three Kings by Peter Cornelius over the chorale 'How Brightly shines the Morning Star' . This is followed by the beautiful words of Pope Leo in 440 giving us the same message as today, drawing the link between Egypt , the passover, the sacrificed Lamb, and the Eucharist and the sacrificed Lamb of God. Finally we are treated to some of the power of Gloucester Cathedral organ.

Future plans are to file podcasts which should have gone up last year from holidays and so forth as I went to some super places!

Happy New Year to you all and God bless you always,

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St Therese in Cardiff II Benediction, Arrival of the Relics and Mass of Evangelisation

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 17:35:00 +0000

Capturing the excitement of the relics of St Therese arriving in Cardiff and the Welsh greeting she is given as thousands flock to the Metropolital Cathedral from all over Wales.

This is obviously 'live' and so there are many intrusive noises, but it does give an idea of the beauty of the singing of the Cathedral Choir (Choirmaster Dominic Neville)and magnificent organ playing of David Neville, so powerful at times , combined with the incense, flowers, thousands of candles, it made the senses reel!

We resume the podcast with BENEDICTION and the wonderful singing of the O Salutaris , prayers and Tantum ergo. Then rosary and the Litany of the Saints, the wonderful entrance of the reliquary(you can hear the people clapping outside) and address of Archbishop Peter and Bishops Tom and Edwin and then the wonderful Mass of Evangelisation  (the choir singing Os Justi by Bruckner and Agnus Dei from Schubert Mass in G) Confession was going on most of the time as well. As Archbishop Peter said, Wales has never seen the like before as people from all over Wales came to see the relics of a little saint who never left her Carmel (convent) but prayed unceasingly for the world and for Priests and the Conversion of Wales. St David Looked down on that huge congregation too, his words 'Always remember the little things' echoing exactly the teaching of the little doctor iof the church, who had 'thrown herself into the arms of Jesus'.

This is a treasure of a podcast. If you like it, download and put onto a CD to keep. Most of all, it shows that the faith is alive and well in Wales!

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St Therese of Lisieux in Cardiff Part I Astonishing Crowds!

Sun, 04 Oct 2009 18:01:00 +0000

Amazing scenes as thousands visit Cardiff. This podcast features the major devotions of the day up to Rosary and Benediiction.Wonderful day of historic scenes.

We begin at Midday with the Angelus and follow the Mass for priests and vocations . All three Welsh Bishops attended and Archbishop Peter presided at the Evangelisation Mass, which I will download tomorrow!

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This is a recording of various devotions and masses at the recent visit of the relics of St Therese at Cardiff in Wales. This was a historic visit and occasioned the arrival of thousands of Faithful in Cardiff from all over Wales to visit the relics of the saint.


The day began with


Mass for Vocations and Priests (according to St Therese's own prayers

Request for the Prayers of St Therese for Priests and love.

St Therese offers a new way of understanding vocation.



Arrival of the Relics of St Therese


I will upload the great Mass of Evangelisation in Part 2. Archbishop Peter officiating.



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In the Steps of St Winifride of Wales in the airy mountains

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:08:00 +0000

This podcast on a warm but very windy day in the valley of a mountain, is what we found when we visited Gwytherin in North Wales, where St Winifride is reported to have been buried. Legend has it that the bones still remain there under the four ancient yews. A local person tells me of the problems faced by churchgoers, as even with large numbers of pilgrims Conway Council seem to have denied planning permission to the two members of the congregation who bought it from the Church in Wales to re-open it for services. There are ancient Druid Stones- and it is almost certainly an ancient site when St Beuno opened the 'Llan' there and installed his niece St Winifride as Superior, a place where she worked for thirty years more and then died. I will deal more with Winifride (or Gwenfrewi's) story when we talk specifically about the well.

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The Five Wounds of Christ -A Lenten Devotion

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:43:00 +0000

During the Middle Ages in Gwent, as all over Britain, the wounds of Christ were a subject of intense devotion. By the time of the 6th Century and St David, when the Saint at Llandewi Brefi bravely refuted thhe heresies of Pelagius, reports tell us that he preached before five large candles, representative of all the wounds of Christ.

The Wesleyan hymn ;Lo he comes with Clouds Descending, mentions the scars which have captured the imagination of many Christians.

Every Eye shall now behold him

Robed in dreadful majesty

Thouse who set at naught and sold hi,

pierced and nailed him to a tree....

Those dear tokens of his Passion

Still his dazzling body bears

cause of endless exultation

To his ransomed worshippers

with what rapture

Gaze we on those glorious scars!!

I hope you find this beautiful devotion uplifting for the season of Lent. It loosely uses the prayers from the St Anthony Prayerbook, but I have adapted them slightly.

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The Normans take over Gwent and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 18:38:00 +0000

1066 and William the Conqueror has taken England and laid waste to Northumbria. He places powerful Lords on the border with Wales as he wants no trouble with them at the moment. These Lords are also a danger to him and fighting the Welsh will keep them busy. In Gwent the petty kings, Aeddan, Griffith, Meredith, all fight against each other and the Normans are able to take the area quite easily. They build castles at Monmouth, Abergavenny, Usk, Chepstow, Llangua,Goldcliff, Skenfrith and Grosmont and with them come the first wave of the building of Priories to administer these castle, providing for the spiritual needs of the Normans and their new people, and a Civil Service for the Norman Lords and Barons, writing their legal documents , collecting tithes etc, but also providing social services for the local people. Of course some were better than others. Chepstow (featuring on this week ) or Striguil was one of the first Benedictine Priories in Gwent .

The Burning Babe  by St Robert Southwell


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MARY'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL in Newport and Cwmbran

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 01:17:00 +0000

I have been taking the choir around to Newport and Cwmbran. you heart the Cwmbran podcast before and here you hear some of the sounds from Tredegar House in Newport Christmas Celebration, where the choir sang so beautifully in the Great Hall.

The new CD PAX HOMNINIBUS BONAE VOLUNTATIS-Peace on Earth Goodwill to men. The most beautiful carols of Europe ALL sung in Latin. You may think this is odd,yet Latin is easier than Czech or Polish and I discovered 'Infant Holy was Polish!' This is beautiful sung by Convivium Musicorum and their intstrumental Group. (Get from Amazon and type in Latin Hymns)

The Christmas Story and Welsh Christmas songs

Pope Leo's short Christmas Sermon of 440AD-even before Saint David!

I sing 'Our Father'

Excerpt from 'Carol Singing' from Laurie Lee-Cider with Rosie.(and not singing properly because I have a cold)

Cwmbran Salvation Army Band play Adeste Fideles(O Come all ye Faithful)

Merry Christmas Everyone

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The Gwentian Princes Meredith,Aeddan,,Iestyn,Rhydderch and the Saxons and Normans

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:11:00 +0000

We near the end of the Millenium. The Gwent Kings fight amongst each other, and their main enemies are from North Wales, They spend so much time fighting they make alliances with the Saxons to attack other princes and then the Normans sneak in....and build castles everywhere.

A busy week getting prepared. A Mediaeval Englysshe Song from an Irish Latin One -Angelus ad Virginem.

O Nata Lux de Lumine by King's School Chamber Choir, Gloucester Cathedral under their Director Derek Harries. Recorded in the Choir Upper Room of Gloucester Cathedral last week.

Finally the 'O Antiphons' from a Carmelite MOnastery in America as we reach the final stages of waiting.....

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Three Saxon Stories for Northumbria and East Anglia Caedmon, St Oswald and St Edmund

Thu, 11 Dec 2008 14:50:00 +0000

A special present for Northumbria and East Anglia, the stories of three Saxons important in the Christian Story. Caedmon, the cattleherd who became an accomplished singer at Whitby Abbey by a miracle, King (now Saint) Oswald's heroic defence of the Christians in Northumbria and his battle with the pagan king Penda and the story of St Edmund of East Anglia, whose relics lay in the great Abbey of St Edmundsbury as he was martyred by the Vikings who attacked those lands in a cruel way.

I give you the Mediaeval minced pies recipes and also a treat from the Chapel Choir of the King's School, Gloucester Cathedral with a (secular)Victorian Christmas Medley called 'What shall we sing at Christmas?'conducted by the excellent Derek Harries. What a Choir! And my son is in it!


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The Romans in Gwent,Pope Linus a Gwentian? Julius Julianus, Aaron , The Vikings

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 18:35:00 +0000

The Romans formed a big part of the Early History of Gwent, particularly Caerleon (Castra Legionis) the Rome of Britannia. By the second century King Lucius invites more missionaries-Doctor Medwy-turns up with three others, which Pope Eleutherius called for. (See blog post on Michaelstone y Fedw

Caerleon has its own Church with a holy Bishop Amphilbus, all of whom are killed in a presecution. We are not sure of which but the Tredunnock tombstone of St Julius Julianus, though buried in the Roman way was to theEast. The National Museum of Wales have authenticated it to the 2nd-3rd century AD so earlier than Diocletian's persecution. Julius and Aaron were both citizens of Caerleon, the whole church was massacred, but they are Roman citizens were allowed to die with swords in their hand. We learn Julius died on the Banks of the Usk next to where the Mansion used to be, the Mansion which was built with stone from his chapel, but seemed to have become disused, possibly because of endless Danish attacks which occurred when the Romans had left. It is even possible he may have been reburied at Tredunnock. Aaron was buried just over the first bridge on the Llanhennock Road in an area still called St Aarons. We then make a jump to the death of Alban, also mistimed by Bede and finally to the attacks of the Danes occurring periodically to the end of the Milennium. We still have to deal with the Saxons in Gwent, which we shall do tomorrow!

Feedback about Xmas or Christmas. Mediaeval pre protestant minced pies! vetoed by Oliver Cromwell so make some tonight!!Feedback about Mary in Monmouth and plea to make it include more of Wales.

'Watching you' Fiction by Lynnette Rees,Wild Rose Press, The Book Depository (Amazon)

'My Heart is restless' Theresa Jane Mycock


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Early Welsh Customs and Spirituality all around today in the llans and character of the people of Gwent

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 16:21:00 +0000

We have come to the end of the first millenium and I have tried to sum up Welsh Spiritual Life and its Catholic base. Welsh meaning 'Romanised Celt' How they sanctified and built the llans with prayer and fasting for forty days and nights. Silurean  Characteristics and customs still in force today .Laws of Community and hospitality. How it was a culture built on trust.The evidence for Joseph of Arimathea as a tin merchant arriving in Caerleon with the Emperor Vespasian trading for tin. Archiviragus giving him and his family land at Glastonbury (Ynys Witrin) and Garthmadrun (modern Talgarth) Holiest family in Wales and it marries into the local royal family (of Irish descent) to provide a whole Age of Welsh Saints.

The Skirryd or Holy Mountain (St Michael's Mount)Normans built a chapel there.Teilos area of North Gwent (later Bishop of Llandaff) St David's Hermit's cell-area of his 'Green Martyrdom' to be at Llan Thony.

Many of these ancient sites not sporting splendid Norman and Gothic Churches still exist, and you can see curved churchyards. Much detail is available on


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The Glory of Gloucester Cathedral formerly the St Peter's Abbey

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 11:18:00 +0000

Here we have some of the most wonderful treasures of our Mediaeval Abbey, which perhaps is forutnate it did not suffer the fate of so many abbeys of the time,becoming as it did one of the Kind's Schools, possibly because of its many royal links and the burial of many royal personages and predecessors of the Tudor monarchy. Harry Potter has been filmed here and do his this winters 'Dr Who'Special. The Victorian St Peter's Catholic church will also be visited when I come up to that period, but at present I am working up to the end of the first milennium!

I visit the many tombs and chantries of this wonderful place, which is meticulously conserved and loved by all Gloucester people and many town events still happen here.

The Kings Chamber Choir which sang Occuli Omnium is not the cathedral choir (though several of the tenors and basses are former members!)and the higher parts sung by girl choristers from the school.

I do promise a return visit for some carols.

The recording production is not wonderful for this, because I am still learning to use this equipment and print Gurney's poem which was read near the end.The poem likens the glory of Creation to Music in the Cathedral.

The Valley by Ivor Gurney

There was such beauty in the dappled valley
As hurt the sight, the heart stabbed to tears.
The gathered beautifulness of all the years
Hovered thereover, it seemed, eternally
Set for men's joy. Town, tower, trees, river
Under a sky royal-azure Heaven for ever
Up-piled with towering mountains of March cloud.

A Herald-day of Spring more wonderful
Than Her true own. Trumpets cried aloud
In sky, earth, blood. No beast, no clod so dull
But the strength felt of the day, Power of the Giver
Was glad for being, lowly at once, and proud.
Kyrie Eleison, and Gloria,
Credo, Jubilate, Magnificat:
The whole world gathered strength to praise the day

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Tintern Abbey Vespers , Starlight and Heaven

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:19:00 +0000

Benedictine Vespers for the Nativity of Our Lady of Tintern, at Tintern Abbey on Sunday  7th September 2008. Abbot Aidan Bellenger gave a wonderful, heavenly homily, Singers were Sr Emma Joy SSC and Susan Williams. Final Prayers by Archbitshop Peter. Sorry I messed up the Lords Prayer in a different setting ! Hope you enjoy this. I have also inserted one or two bits of plainchant to fill in gaps there and there.

Psalm 84

Oculos tuos sing at Gloucester Cathedral by the Chamber Choir of the Kings School at Gloucester cathedral, conducted by David Harries. A wonderful accoustic and choir-and how Tintern would have sounded/

The Project at our Lady of Tintern and how you can participate.

Rosary 3pm At Statue of Our Lady of Tintern on 21 September.

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Llanhilleth Church, fun ringing the bells with Frank Olding

Mon, 08 Sep 2008 11:49:00 +0000

An afternoon with eminent Welsh historian and heritage officer of Blaenau Gwent, Frank Olding, who was a foundt of information, I try my hand at my school Welsh Again, This foundation happened after a serious battele wbetween the Welsh and the Anglo Saxons, when the Saxons wiped out the whole royal family of Powys, except Heledd, the Princess, who sickened of life, retired up the mountain to found a religious community in the sixth century with the servivors and remaining holy men. She is the author of Can Heledd, poetry written about the battle beginning the 'Hall of Cynddylan is lonely tonight' sung to an old Welsh Air. We discuss Arthur, recusancy in the area, the Cistercians and the reformation and we ring the bells! Post about the Monmouthshire links to Guernsey! And the  joke section is back!  

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Pilgrimage to the grrave of the Blessed St John Kemble at Welsh Newton

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 21:45:00 +0000

Soundseeing at this year's pilgrimage from the Pilgrimage at Welsh Newton (north of Monmouth) on the way to Hereford. Homily from Father Nicholas on the preaching cross and comparison with St Polycarp,St Oscar Romero and the Saints of Uganda. Peace and reconciliation in violent times, Great miracles in recent times and places connected with the saint.

Friends on Fecebook urged to send in details of their local saints and photos.

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St Brigid Holy Saint of Ireland and her Cult in Wales Part 1 The Saint

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 21:05:00 +0000

Ireland in the sixth century. The Druidess Brigid converts to Christianity and takes the Veil, Life is still wild and violent, but gradually Patrick's words and preaching tames the wild people. They receive Christianity as the flowering of their Otherworld beliefs.

Brigid's father is far from happy and tries to make her marry but she thwarts his wishes in a startling way and sails to Wales where she begins a cult, with her kindness, flowing generosity and motherliness. She also does miracles, getting cattle to give mile more freely and turning smelts into butter. Finally she returns to her 'Church of the Oak' at Kildare and gets a local hermit to study to be a Bishop so they could have Mass. A flame was lit in the firehouse to the eternal glory of God, and which the Normans found when they arrived. After her death her body was buried at Kildare and then to Downpatrick. It is believed that her skull was, however removed at this time, and later was brought to Portugal by knights who wanted to preserve it. It was placed in a reliquary where it can be observed today. Good because the agents of Henry VIII completely desicrated the shrine of Patrick and the relics of St Brigid.

On the blog you can see a video of this shrine. Part 2 I will do tomorrow from the Newport Church of St Bridges Wentloog (near the West Usk Lighthouse0 at Peterstone. This is a very ancient Church . I shall also be tackling the church at St Brides in Netherwent, near Magor also near Newport, which is also very interesting.Enjoy

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Cwmbran Saints, St Derfel, St Dial and a Burning Forrest

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:17:00 +0000

550AD Derfel the Mighty warrior is one of seven who survived the Battle of Camlann in 542. Broken hearted he stumbles back to his native county of Llydach in Gwent and lives for a while as a hermit. His sorrow and suffering and sadness at the passing of the fellowship of Arthur get him the name 'The Suffering ONe' or 'St Deuil' -the one who mourns. He is persuaded to travel to Llantwit Major (Llanilltyd Fawr) and study to be ordained as a priest so he can serve God properly and studies with St Illtid. He returned to found a small monastery higher up the mountain on the Mynydd Maen at Cwmbran but finally leaves to return to North Wales, where he had been before. For nearly a thousand years people remembered him as the one who taught them fighting and strife were evil. He was a patron saint of peaceful living and farming. someone carved a statue of him to remember him when he died and he is portrayed in armour on a stag (which locals called a horse as the local archdeacon had had the animal mutilated. The statue of Derfel himself at the English 'reformation' was secreted and burned at Smithfield along with the Cwmbran one. Unfortunately and horrifically it was used to burn the gentle friar John Forrest, who had refused to accept Henry VIII in place of the Pope and died a horrible death, while being denied the Blessed Sacrament and foreced to listen to the preaching of an odious bishop of the new order.The Story of St David Lewis, associated with Llantarnam Abbey and arrested opposite St Michael and All Angels Church will be told in much more detail later on. Enjoy!

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Trevethin Pontypool-The Holy Ground of St Tryddin and St Cadoc

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 08:31:00 +0000

Sixth century Wales as the British chieftains fight it out, St Anna of Gwent brings her son Tryddin to the Valley to begin a monastery, later enlarged and cleared possibly by Cadocs. Secrets of the Monks rituals in purifying the land. My visit to the present Church accompanied by the engaging Canon PIppin who guided and explained what I saw.Some prayers from St Cadocs time. The Haunted Bell of Trevethin and the mysrtery of the burial of St Cadoc.....was the saint buried at Trevethin or Mamhilad?


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Pilgrimage to the Mediaeval Shrine of Our Lady of Penrhys, Wales and Miracles!

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 10:02:00 +0000

Staffs and scallop shells, rosaries, ampullae as pilgrims come from all over South Wales arrive at the Mediaeval Shrine and Well of Our Lady of Penrhys in the Rhondda.We drive right up to the top of the mountains and I am very scared-the last time it was in fog and we did not see the drop!!Bishop Daniel Mullins of Menevia and Rosary and Benediction.Intention of the Pilgrimage for fallen away Catholics to return to the church. A cosy and endearing pilgrimage.People recount local miracles and Lawrence O'Leary about his special message from Our Lady at Medugorje.


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Cornwall, Brittany, Wales and Illtyd the Warrior-King Arthur's Cousin

Wed, 14 May 2008 20:37:00 +0000

St Illtyd was a great warrior but one of the most intelligent men in Wales, able to recite the Gospels, His early life in Brittany, his marriage, encounter with King Arthur and Paulinus, conversion by Cadoc are told in a number of dramatic stories and the drama of his fight with evil King Meirchion.

I talk about my feedback, Catholic bloggers,and my very busy week so this podcast will be a little longer than usual.


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SAINT CADOC Part Two-Travel to St Michael's Mount, Padstow,Britanny

Thu, 01 May 2008 14:53:00 +0000

Cadoc wishes to buy Gildas Bell, which Gildas is donating to the Holy Father Pope Agapetus in Rome (Vita mistakenly gives Alexander)The Pope blesses the bell, saying he knew Cadoc well as he had been to Rome seven times and to Jerusalem.The bell will not sound for him as it is full of gold, but the Holy Father asks for the bell to be given to Cadoc.

Visits to Cornwall to see his aunt and the shrine to St Cadoc and his well at Harlyn Bay near Padstow. Cadoc and Ynys Barruc (The Island of St Barruc) which had belongd to his friend St Barruc of Ireland who had drowned. Cadoc's chapel and little town was at Cadocs Town.

Another visit to Brittany wher he plants aple trees with St Samson to provide food for the local people and where he is regarded locally as Patron saint of the apples!This is transcribed into Llan gattock vibon afal-The Holy Place of St Cadoc and the apple men! Quite fun isn't it? Thirty seven places bear his name in Brittany and there are chapels at Belz and Locoal Mendon at Morbihan and Gouesnac'h in Finistere where  he is called upon to heal the deaf, 

Death at Weedon in Northampton on the borders with what were now English lands. There were many such deaths and it is no wonder they disobeyed to pope and would not evangelise the English, forcing Augustine to send another missionary from Rome to convert the Saxons to Christianity from their Norse religion, realising there would be no peace in the universal church until the whole country was peacable.

Two points-independent evidence in this account of Llifris of King Arthur at this time, bold and fearless but wilful and quick to anger. Arthur also appears in the account of Gwynlliw, having to be restrained by Cai and Bewyr from carrying off the lovely Gwladys.

Another podcast next week!! Sorry about the quality of this one-my good microphone is still broken-but will persevere! God Bless!

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Saint Cadoc, King of Gwent, Saint of Wales, Scotland, Cornwall and Brittany

Thu, 01 May 2008 13:30:00 +0000

Ballet exams, Church swaps, The Pope's visit, lack of coverage on BBC EWTN, SQPN at Atlanta at the Catholic New Media Day and Eucharistic Congress,the breakdown of my microphone, Some cool feedback from Al Iguana about the martyrdom of Tyfdfil which gave Merthyr Tydfil its name. Homour and St Cadoc Part One. Lineage, Baptism by St Treddin of Trevethin monastery, brother of Samson of Dol and of St Tegfedd.Education at Caerwent under Tatheus or Tathwyn. Alll the St Cadoc Churches in Gwent and Monmouthshire.Miracles and the Missal of St Gildas. First pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem and St Brychan teaches him Latin at Brecon. He founds another monastic settlemant at Llangadog. Penychen and his encounter with the warrior Illtyd and his conversion by Cadoc.

Finally Cadoc in Scotland! His miracles as he travels on pilgrimage to St Andrews and remains ther for seven years!

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St Tecla of Chepstow and St Tecla Paul's Disciple and her cult

Thu, 01 May 2008 13:00:00 +0000

This is a reissue of the previous version of this podcast with the first part included-so sorry about this.

In this podcast we consider Saint Tecla originally from Llandegla in North Wales near Ruthin. She was famous for her work with lepers.Details of rituals (slightly shonky) are given on which show how people were paying for miracles at her well there even until recent times. Tecla came south, set up at the rock at Beachley also later occupied by st Twrog, and worked for the sick there, It is possi ble in view of the wild and remote nature of the place she had succumbed to Leprosy herself-but this is pure speculation. The rock and little chapel are shown on the blog, but is unlikely to have been Teclas. She is murdered by marauding Saxons and seems to have lived a deal earlier than our other saints,

She was undoubtedly named after Tecla of Iconium in Laeodocia and was a disciple of St Paul who wished to dedicate herself to God and was many times tortured and threatened eventually founding a small colony and seemingly buried at St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.Her cult spread all over the Church from East to West and many young women followed her example with admiration.

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Murdering Saxons Raiders Tydfil and Tegfedd-Two female Martyrs

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:45:00 +0000

Sixth Century Gwent- South Wales having bee Christianised by very holy saints following the removal of the Romans is threatened by another people the superstitious and irreverent Angles and Saxons. Having done a deal with Ceowulf at Gloucester, they begin wandering down into South Wales and raiding for what they ould get. Pickings were poor on the whole but the Kings who had set up their daughters in religious foundations, or who had retired to live as religious having finished their childbearing of then had a few items around, living peaceably supporting the communities on the foothills of the Brecon Beacons and in the lovely valley North of Pontypool.No doubt they thought they were worth raiding, carrying off the young women. Tegfedd and Tydfil (mother of St Teilo) stood their ground, however, asking the Saxons to leave Holy Ground they were dragged off and suffered their fate.

There is a song 'O Perfect Love' from

Homily of Benedict XVI on and some videos of his visit if you were not able to get EWTN streaming on your computer.

Visit for all sorts of newsof catholic life in Monmouthshire, including the opening of the new Lourdes Grotto at Tredegar to celebrate the Lourdes anniversary.

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What are Relics? The Legend of Teilo's Skull-Wales and round the World!

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 12:52:00 +0000

Sixth century Wales, the reliecs of Teilo are divided, most lost but the subsequent history of the top part of the skull is amazing.This is an explanation of relics, quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church about relics and sacramentals and concentrates on what relics are not and what they are as focuses for prayer to God, and petitions for intercession from one whom they feel is close physically. There is special emphasis on the place of relics in Welsh tribal society, where they were extremely important and subsequently in the Middle Ages, where rogues sometimes traded in fakes and were punished for it. In fact the Vatican intervened a couple of years ago when people were trying to sell a relic on ebay!!

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Tintagel Cliffs and Church Tour, Pontypool and Trevethin

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 12:20:00 +0000

My weekend in Cwmbran and visit to Pontypook park. The Hanbury Family Home and St Alban's School, Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Stables and Museum, The Folly and the Grotto. St Cadoc's Monastery at Trevethin. Papal musings/ Soundseeing tour of St Materiana's Church at Tintagel in Cornwall, the castle, the cliffs and the monastery-was it her Ceidio was based?

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Padstow, Pasties and Pagans! Celtic Catholics-a summary of Celtic Gwent

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 20:24:00 +0000

Easter 2008,Soundseeing in Padstow, Cornwall. Fishing, Rock (candy) and curried parsnip pasties(!!!) the Old Oss and May Day pagan rites. Summary of previous podcasts of Catholic Christians in ancient Wales and the significance of Glastonbury, Joseph of Arimathea and his family and the ancient site of the Abbey.

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Tathan and the bandit Gwynlliw, Tintagel and Fontrevault Chapel

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:11:00 +0000

Sixth century Wales. An Irish Saint Tathan, son of Anna (daughter of Meurig) who has married Tathetus (Annan Ddu) in Ireland renounces the throne to travel on a Shite Martyrdom. He sets sail on a boat without oars and his boat arrives in the Severn and he disembarks at Portskewett to found one of the most glittering educational monasteries in Wales, There are miracles connected with him. The tale of the stag, mimicing that of Christ, guiving himself up for food. He is given the whole city of Caerwent. He trains Cadoc, Gwynlliw's son, who becomes one of the most famous Welsh saints.

I tell of my trip to Cornwall, to Tintagel and Boscastle and also to the Chapel of Fontrevault in the Normal Wall at Caerwent, from which there is a short soundseeing.A very British 'email' segment and a final partof a letter of St Ignatius of Antioch, one of the people trained in Rome in the early church of Peter and Paul. Please pray for Mary.

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I sing the 'Our Father', Easter preparations,The Newport Saint Woolos-bad bad Gwynlliw and St Gwladys his wife

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:27:00 +0000

I sing the 'Our Father' at the end of this programme. Consideration of the preparations for Easter and my upcoming visit to Cornwall, where I intend to do soundseeing tours of St Materiana and at Minster Church in Boscastle. Photos already on

The birth of Gwynlliw to Glwys King of a district of Gwent. Gwynlliw (Woolos)has to kill a lot of people to establish pace, then can't stop and uses Pill (Pill gwenlly-literally an inlet of water belonging to Gwynlliw)to raid passing ships. steal their booty and kill the crews. Cadoc (his son) andsaintly wife Gwladys pray for his conversion from his wicked ways. Gwynlliw has the vision of an angel and changes, living the life of a celibate couple with Gwladys until they separate and she joins a convent at Bassaleg-or nearby to Bassaleg Church, and he remains a hermit there on Stow Hill, having built his Church and dedicated it to Our Lady.

The statue of the bull placed in Newport town centre should be white-to reflect the next world,and his tomb can still be seen in the centre of the present Anglican Cathedral. The Catholic Church on Stow Hill is dedicated to our Lady as well, and is the Church where I was married and our Son christened. There are marvellous stained glass windows of the Newport Saints in both churches.

Finally I sing the Our Father -my own recording. Please enjoy it as an Easter gift.

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Llandaff Cathedral Soundeeing tour 2008

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 16:28:00 +0000

A soundseeing tour around Llandaff, formerly the Benedictine Abbey Church of SS Teilo, Oudoceus and Dyfrig.

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Hello! Dr Who and Cloning, Cool Confession, Glastonbury, Eucharist explained!

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:44:00 +0000

Hello and welcome to the new podcast. Dr Who and the forthcoming series. We discuss the episode New Earth with particular reference to the Cloning and Embryology laws which the government are bringing in,Is Glastonbury the holiest place in Britain, Catholic News and Ask the Evangelist. A Catholic Convert and former Baptist minister explains the Eucharist-part One today. This is a bumper first edition to start you off. you will need a google account to access here for the other show

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The recording was an excerpt from Catholic Answers available on or as a podcast from iTunes -daily.

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The Life of Holy David Part Four Rhygfarch

Wed, 05 Mar 2008 23:21:00 +0000

The Original tenth century account of the life of David of Wales. We take up the story as David goes to preach against the heretical teaching of Pelagius. He defends church teaching as to the divinity of Christ and is praised by all the people as his voice is louad and can be heard. We learn the ground rose up beneath him, although he may have levitated.He founds monasteries and becomes a great pastor and church leader in Britain. (remember there were no Anglo Saxons yet!)which is all Celtic. David founds monasteries in Glastonbury in Gloucester, Cirencester, Leominster and many opther places. Finally the angel arrives to tell him to prepare to meet the Lord Jesus whom he had faithfully served all his life, and Rhygfarch tells the story of his death with poetry, sensitivity and rejoicing in the most glorious way he could. There follows a genealogy and Mass prayers for the feast Day of St David of Wales. It is worth remembering that until the 16th century schism, March 1st was a holiday throughout Britain.Normal Mary in Monmouth podcasts resume soon!

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The Life of the Holy David Part Three Rhygfarch

Wed, 05 Mar 2008 10:20:00 +0000

Part three of the Life of David of Wales:(Vita Sancti David) In illa die dixit coniunx Baia ad privignam suum, famulus simil ad vallem Alun et queramuscucumnerosillius, ut inveniamus nuvis in eis'. This sentence sets up the terrible murder and sacrilege in the Valley of Alun in Glyn Rhosyn. Saint Dunawd and her martyrdom. God rids David of the Scottish magician Boya by means of his enemy,the Rule of David is set up in Glyn Rhosyn after the manner of the Egyptian monks.

The miracles of the stream, Aidan and his miracle and departure for Ireland,the attempt on David's life and God's warning to Aidan.Pilgrimage to the Church in Rome with other Bishops and Barri of Ireland,and return-Mriacle of the Horse and meeting with St Brendan.Modomnoc and the miracle of the Bees and how they came to Ireland. New pilgrimage this time to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Patriach's Presents and consecration of David to Bishop. David, Teilo and Padarn remain for a while to evangelise the Jewish people.On his return David arrives at Llanthony to his cell and makes a retreat.

Part Four follows shortly (Final Episode)

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The Life of Holy David Part Two Rhygfarch

Wed, 05 Mar 2008 10:07:00 +0000

This short episode tells the story further. Boya the magician Scotsman goes out to murder David, but the Lord God prevents them from doing so and so they abuse the holy men at Glyn Rhosyn. They return to find their livestock has died, which are restored to them by the prayer of the Holy David. Also the lascivious females sent out by Boya's wife to incite the monks to the sin of lust and the Holy David's advice to the monks.

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The Life of David by Rhygfarch Part One Original account in Latin

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 20:56:00 +0000

The Original account of the Life of the Holy Saint David of Wales. The thwarted mission of Patrick, the Prophecy and the Stag, the Bees and the fish, the conception of David by the nun St Non and King Sandde of Camarthen (Ceredigion) St Gildas loses the power of preaching, the Birth of David and the thunderstorm. Upbringing and education and the miracles . This is part one, which finishes the night before the big showdown with Boya the Scot and his wife and lascivious daughters,

Brilliant results for Cwmbran at the Urdd St David's Day Eisteddfod at Pontypool as Cwmbran and Newport Children go through to the final in Conwy in the summe.

A Pontifical Mass (Tridentine) at St David's Cathedral in Cardiff on May 18th at 11am.

A new Lourdes Grotto at Tredegar with an Apostolic Blessing for anyone who goes there and prays for the world and for all thouse suffering sikness.

Part Two Next week!

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Who killed Tewdrig? A Celtic Whodunnit! King,and Martyr

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:22:00 +0000

Sixth century Wales-the menace of the Irish and Saxon raiders in Gwent-Glamorgan, joined together for a while. St Teilo of Llanarth climbs the Skirrid to beg God to spare Gwent! Yellow Plague weakens the peopleThe Battle of Tintern and the visit of an angel, a holy well at Mathern and the relics of the saint still kept at Mathern in a stone sarcophagus under the chancel.

 Also a bishop's heart in an urn!!Snowdrops crocuses and narcissi-my car bites the dust after years of long service! A half term visit to the Abbey Church of Our Lady and St Teilo, now Llandaff Cathedral  special soundseeing tour for a furture podcast. Spring days.My trip to Mathern to interview professional historian Anthony Utting , writer of the book 'Who slew Tewdrig?' Definately a fun interview next time as we discuss this podcast


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Who killed Tewdrig The Interview with Anthony Utting

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:38:00 +0000

Part Two discussing who did it with professional historian Anthony Utting actually at Mathern. Considerations-was it a jealous Welsh King, Angles or Saxons. Importance of Gloucester to South Wales. St Tewdrig's Well, Nennius's 'wonder', St Odoceus and his monastery Llandogo near Tintern, Caerwent as an early Christian site. My journey as a learner podcaster, and a consideration of Wales National Day Dydd Dewi Sant (St David's Day)on March 1st.Poem about a pilgrimage to St Davids in the far West of Wales in the Middle Ages.

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A Newport Boy in Venice on Ash Wednesday

Wed, 06 Feb 2008 09:18:00 +0000

Ash Wednesday and penitential psalm 51 as we start Lent and remember the Temptations of Jesus. Listening in at the SS Redentore Church in Venice as 12 year old Christian Jenkins soars up with the Schola Cantorum of Tewkesbury Abbey to give a superb rendering of Allegri's Miserere Mei (Psalm 51)in 2003. This is a live recording with permission and so there is some small amount of noise.

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The Great Teacher, Confessor St Dubricius (Dyfrig)

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:57:00 +0000

We look at the life of this great life of this holy saint, his miraculous birth, his founding of monasteries and renewal as a Theological Centre of the old Roman College at Caerleon. Miracle of Samson's drink, the worry of the Pelagian heresy and journey to Llanthony to beg David to come to Llandewi Brefi, Resignation as Archbishop and crowning of the real King Arthur. Journey to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) Passing this life and burial there, relics brought to Llandaff in Cardiff in 1120.

My week.Stanley and his vision, Lilian and her ironing being cooled by streams of harp music! Laughter Segment about immodest women and finally examining Candlemas (February 2nd) and a special candlemas prayer with Mary for all the listeners!

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The Murder most Foul of Pater Ishow of Nant Mair

Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:56:00 +0000

Pater (Padr) Ishow of Patrishow in the shadow of the Holy Mountain. The Legend of the Skirrid (St Michael's Mount) Early Welsh customs.Earliest saints of royal blood . Islands, deserts, white and green martyrdoms,(Giving life to God) Place of animal and bird symbols in ancient Celtic times, adapted by Christian missionaries.Pilgrimage to Patrishow. Feedback from America,and food for Burns Night tomorrow night. Christian martys in other places, January-itis!

Harp beautifully played by Cheryl Ann Fulton from Magnatune on 'Airs of Wales'. Thank you Cheryl. Also the music Holy Holy from Other links are on the blog.


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Saint Materiana (Madryn)Queen of Gwent and son Ceidio

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 13:12:00 +0000

Saint Materiana, Queen of Gwent, originally from North Wales, New Year Carol, Llanvetherine and links to Vortigern and Vortimer and Ynyr Gwent. An Easter Visit to Cornwall and the Valency Valley. Epiphany and the Mother of God Solemnity (Jan 1st) Beauty of a Cornish Easter. Confession and sin and joy of Epiphany.

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Mary's Christmas Special -A Child is born! Alleluia!

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 13:18:00 +0000

Venerable Mary carol singing up the mountain. Llantarnam Mystery Plays excerpts, Why I SO wanted to be an angel! Fra Giovanni, Holy Innocents and the relevance of this feast day 28th December. Monmouthshire Christmas Blessings.

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A Christingle in Cwmbran, Saint Alban's Martyrdom, The Assumption and Rosary

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 10:57:00 +0000

A Christingle Service in Cwmbran, martyrdom of Saint Alban and Amphilabus. Bishop of Caerleon,Mary's place in Wales from the earliest Christian times, The Pader or early rosary, Buchedd Mair and the Assumption, the mysteries of the Rosary and John Paul II, A perfect Christmas DVD set and event in Monmouthsire in coming weeks. An 8.30 Latin Mass in Abergavenny on Christmas Day.

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Saints Julius and Aaron Protomartyrs of Britain

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 18:04:00 +0000

Talking about Advent and Immaculate Conception. The Protomartyrs of Britain Saints Julius and Aaron and how they were martyred at Caerleon.From the River Usk.A laugh and why Catholics think so much of Mary! A Christmas treat.

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Thu, 22 Nov 2007 23:30:00 +0000

Glastonbury, Caractacus and rome, Princess Eurgain (Claudia Rufina) Lucius Pudens and Linus-second Pope!From Gwent,com


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