Saint Sadwen, Hermit of Wales

November 29 is the Commemoration of Saint Sadwen, Hermit of Wales
St Sadwen
Saint Sadwen, also known as Sadwrn Farchog of Llansadwrn, was a sixth century hermit, the brother of Saint Illtyd, and a disciple of Saint Cadfan.. Several Welsh churches are dedicated to him.
Troparion (tone 8):
The remoteness of the Welsh mountains was thy desert, O Father Sadwen,/ where thou didst serve God in fasting and humility./ May thy continual intercession avail for us sinners that our souls may be saved.
Sadwen church
Eglwys Sadwrn Sant – St Sadwrn’s Church Llansadwrn
“Sadwrn Farchog (Saturnus or Saturninus the Knight) was the brother of St Illtud. He married his cousin (later St Canna) and had a child who became St Crallo. Their gravestone is inscribed (reconstructed) HIC BEATUS (-) SATURNINUS SE(PULTUS) (I)ACIT ET SUA SA[NCTA] CONIU(N)X PA(X) (VOBISCUM SIT) (Here lies buried St Sadwrn with his blessed wife Peace be unto you).:

“Son of a prince, Bicanus Farchog of Llydaw; brother of Saint Illtyd. Educated by Saint Garmon of Manaw. Soldier. Married to Saint Canna Lang Anna. Father of Crallo. Disciple of Saint Cadfan. Missionary to the British Isles. Hermit on Anglesey Island. Several Welsh churches are dedicated to him.”
Anglesea Island
Anglesea Island

“St. Sadwrn Farchog of Llansadwrn
(Born c.AD 485)
(Latin: Saturnus; English: Saturn)
Like his brother, Illtud, St. Sadwrn Farchog – the Knight – was probably, sent to school under his great-uncle, St. Garmon (later Bishop of Manaw), in his native Brittany. As a young man, he soon followed in his father, Bican’s footsteps and entered the military. Hence his epithet. He married his cousin, St. Canna and together they became the parents of St. Crallo.
Upon retiring from his soldiery, Sadwrn crossed the Channel, with St. Cadfan, and moved his family to South Wales, where his brother was living. He founded the church of Llansadwrn in Caermarthenshire and may have taken leave of his young wife to become a hermit on Anglesey, where he died. The church of Llansadwrn there stands on the site of his little cell and also his grave. As demonstrated by the magnificent 6th century stone, inscribed with his name, which was discovered there in 1742. It now reposes in the internal church wall.
St Sadwens
Sadwrn’s feast day is 29th November, though this is probably due to being confounded with St. Saturninus of Toulouse. He should not be confused with St. Sadwrn of Henllan who appears in the Life of St. Winifred. In art, Sadwrn of Llansadwrn appears on a tomb in Beaumaris Church as a bearded knight in armour holding a pilgrim’s staff and raising his hand in benediction.”
St Sadwen's well
St Sadwrn’s Well (Ffynnon Sadwrn) lies on a grass verge within a small housing estate in Craigside, below the Little Orme at the eastern extremity of Llandudno, Wales

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