St. Seiriol – Angelsley

Window from the Priory at St Seiriols Well

Angelsley, an Isle of surrounding salted seas, of flowing healing water, in this place water came not from the sea, but from the rocks. 

There the saint was found, his miracle was healing in a pure fresh stream, out of the earth it came for the healing of the young, for the lost and wounded and the open soul.  

There was a spirit of a saint that was here of years long ago. 

Where waves of truth washed over, where the immortal held the beholden and those who lay neatly dying. 

It was sacred river by candle light in this healing balm. It was there that came a voice with a true melody for healing the broken and the wounds of the past; and for healing of Celtic hearts held fast.

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Saint Seiriol ‘the Fair’ was born in Wales in 494 AD, the son of King Owain Danwyn of Rhos and a younger brother of King Cynlas of Rhos and King Einion of Lleyn. 

He entered the religious life and lived in a small hermitage on the Eastern Peninsula of Ynys Mon, today known as Anglesey, Wales. 

His two ruling brothers later decided this humble residence was far too lowly for their brother and founded an important monastery around his cell. 

   
    

St Seirols Sacred Well

 

Consequently, Seiriol became the first Abbot of Penmon Priory. His hermitage and holy-well can still be seen there today and is, in fact, protected as an historic monument.

Founded by St Seiriol in the 6th Century and consisted of a wooden church building and two high crosses that probably stood at the entrance to the monastic grounds. 

It prospered until the Viking raids of the 10th Century. During the 12th Century, the abbey church was rebuilt.

   
  

St Seiriols Cell

 
In the 13th Century, the Celtic monasteries were persuaded to adopt a more regular rule, and Penmon eventually became an Augustinian priory and at this time the priory church was enlarged.

An ancient holy well — St. Seiriol’s Well and it still survives near the priory. 

The well was built by the monks of Penmon and was believed to have healing powers by some people visiting it. 

It is probably one of the oldest buildings in Penmon and that the lower stone walls near the well were part of St. Seiriol’s church in the 6th Century, making it the oldest remaining Christian building in Wales.

  
There are two Celtic high crosses that graced the entrance to the early medieval monastery are still in existence and are now housed in the church. 

The larger cross, which until 1977 stood in its original position in the deer park, is now in the nave. It is badly worn, but you can still just barely see the interlacing decorative patterns and a pictorial scene showing the temptation of St. Anthony, along with a probable hunting scene. 

   
   
References:

Http://castlewales.com/Penmon Priory

Http://AngleseyHistory.com/Holy Penmon

http://castlewales.com/stseririolswell

http://MegalithicPortal.com/penmonprioryandancientcrosses
Penmon Priory and St. Seiriol’s Well are located on a minor road from the end of the B5109 at the northeast tip of Anglesey (Ynys Mon) in North Wales.

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