Today is a special day for everyone called David as it is St David’s Day. It is also a special day for anyone who is Welsh because David is the patron (or special) saint for Wales.
A patron saint is someone who has spent their whole life doing something to help others. They are someone who worked hard to make the world a better place.
Saint David’s Day is the feast (celebration day of Saint David). His feast day falls on the 1st of March each year. The day is celebrated by the people of Wales and people of Welsh background throughout the world.
David became a Christian priest and he David founded many churches throughout southern Wales. The most famous story about Saint David tells how he was preaching to a huge crowd and the ground is said to have risen up, so that he was standing on a hill and everyone had a better chance of hearing him.
The national emblems of Wales are daffodils and leeks. St David’s Day is commemorated by the wearing of daffodils or leeks. Both plants are traditionally regarded as national emblems.
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St David’s Day
Thank you for St David, and for all the special people down through the ages
who have given us examples of how to live.
Help us today to remember all that we have learnt about how to live a good life.
Help us to be kind and caring, to be honest and sharing.
Help us to stop and think when our problems and difficulties seem too big to deal with.
Help us to use our common sense, like St David did, to find a way out.
And when our common sense fails us, help us to have faith.
Have a good day