Pilgrimage to St. Seiriol’s Holy Well, Anglesey

St. Seiriol, a Welsh hermit and son of a king, lived in the sixth century. The saint lived as a hermit on Anglesey, where his little “beehive” cell and holy well still exist. According to tradition, he was a close friend of another Welsh ascetic, St. Cybi, and the saintly friends used to walk round the island together in silent prayer. Extant medieval stories relate miracles performed by the men of God Seiriol and Cybi, who lived in east and west Anglesey, respectively. Both of them are venerated as the patron saints of Anglesey, and it was said that “their prayers wholly protected the island.”

Seiriol’s disciples built a monastery near Penmon on the south-eastern tip of Anglesey and Seiriol became its first abbot. Later, Penmon was to become one of the major insular monastic centres in Wales; it was dedicated to St. Seiriol, and Orthodox ascetic life flourished here until the tenth century.

Pilgrimage to St Seiriol’s Holy Well, with Great Vespers. 29 June

10.30amLeave Shrewsbury
12.00pm Lunch stop at Philippa’s beach hut at Penmaenmawr. parking: https://maps.app.goo.gl/wZP6ErSUPdcKz6Qy6. Beach: https://maps.app.goo.gl/gQPpu86mvzfqBbLz9. Bring and share lunch. There is a safe paddling pool for children, a cafe, ice creams, and a toilet.
1.30pmleave Penmaenmawr for Beaumaris
2.00pmPilgrimage to Penmon
(optional diversion en route for those interested in visiting Beaumaris Castle
4.30pmBlessing of the waters at St. Seiriol’s well: https://maps.app.goo.gl/9CUzjfsaKowysis1A
5.00pmVespers at St. Seiriol’s Priory Church: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ekVZngGk6M2Y3BbcA
6.00pmreturn to Shrewsbury

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