• July 7th - St. Illtud, Abbot

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    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    July 7th - St. Illtud, Abbot
    (also known as Illtyd, Iltut, Illtut)

    Died c. 505 (another source says 450-535).

    Illtud, clearly an outstanding figure and one of the most celebrated
    Welsh saints, laboured chiefly in the southeastern part of the
    country. His vita written circa 1140 has little historical value; but
    the Life of Saint Samson, composed about 500 years earlier, has some
    important references. This author names him as a disciple of Saint
    Germanus of Auxerre, who ordained him. It calls Illtud 'the most
    learned of the Britons in both Testaments and in all kinds of
    knowledge,' and speaks of his great monastic school.

    This establishment was Llanilltyd Fawr (Llantwit Major in Glamorgan),
    where other prominent saints besides Samson are said to have been
    Illtyd's pupils. The monastery of Llantwit survived in one form or
    another until the Norman conquest (1066).

    The author of Samson's Life also describes Illtud's death, in
    illustration of the saint's power of prophecy. The passage is an
    impressive one, but it does not state where or when the death took
    place.

    Nevertheless, most of his life is derived mainly from oral traditions. According to them, he was the son of a Briton living in Letavia,
    Brittany (some scholars believe Letavia is an area in central
    Brednock, England, rather than in Brittany), who came to visit his
    cousin King Arthur of England about 470.

    The later vita says that Illtud married Trynihid and then served in
    the army of a Glamorgan chieftain. When one of his friends was killed
    in a hunting accident, Saint Cadoc is said to have counselled him to
    leave the world behind. This is, of course, improbable because Cadoc
    would have been a mere lad.

    Illtud and Trynihid took Cadoc's advice and lived together as recluses
    in a hut by the Nadafan River until he was warned by an angel to
    separate from her. He left his wife to become a monk under Saint
    Dubricius, but after a time resumed his eremitical life by a stream
    called the Hodnant. He attracted many disciples and organised them
    into the Llanwit Major monastery, which, according to the
    ninth-century Life of Saint Paul Aurelian, was originally "within the
    borders of Dyfed, called Pyr," usually identified as Calder (Caldey)
    Island off Tenby. The monastery soon developed into a great foundation
    and a centre of missionary activity in Wales.

    Many miracles were attributed to him (he was fed by heaven when forced
    to flee the ire of a local chieftain and take refuge in a cave; he
    miraculously restored a collapsed seawall), and he is reputed to have
    sent or taken grain to relieve a famine in Brittany, where the place
    and church names attest to some connection with Illtud.

    His death is reported at Dol, Brittany, where he had retired in his
    old age, at Llanwit, and at Defynock. One Welsh tradition has him as
    one of the three knights put in charge of the Holy Grail by Arthur,
    and another one even identifies him as Galahad (Attwater,
    Benedictines, Delaney, Doble, Walsh).

    The legendary place of his burial is close by the chapel dedicated to
    him in Brecknockshire, and is called Bedd Gwyl Illtyd, or the "grave
    of St. Illtyd's eve", the old custom of having been to keep vigil
    there on the eve of his feast, which was celebrated 7 February. There
    is still to be seen in Llantwit Major a cross, probably on the ninth
    century, bearing the inscription:

    SAMSON POSUIT HANC CRUCEM PRO ANIMA EIUS ILITET SAMSON REGIS SAMUEL ERISAR.


    Troparion of St Illtyd tone 6

    O wise Illtyd, thou wast noble by birth and noble in mind/
    and didst train many saints in the way of holiness./
    Pray to Christ our God to raise up saints in our days/
    to His glory and for our salvation.


    Saint Quote:
    "Watch yourself when a poor man, needing help, asks it of you. The
    enemy will endeavour at that time to chill your heart, and fill it
    with indifference, and even scorn, towards him that is in want.
    Overcome in yourself these un-Christian and inhuman dispositions...."
    --St. John of Kronstadt.

    Bible Quote:
    "Then the dragon was enraged with the woman and went away to make war
    on the rest of her children, who obey God's commandments and have in
    themselves the witness of Jesus." Revelation 12:17:


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    The Church is a garden extending over the whole world

    Christ became all things in order to restore all of us in himself.
    The man Christ received the mustard seed which represents the kingdom
    of God; as man he received it, though as God he had always possessed
    it. He sowed it in his garden, that is in his bride, the Church. The
    Church is a garden extending over the whole world, tilled by the
    plough of the gospel, fenced in by stakes of doctrine and discipline,
    cleared of every harmful weed by the labor of the apostles, fragrant
    and lovely with perennial flowers: virgins' lilies and martyrs' roses,
    set amid the pleasant verdure of all who bear witness to Christ and
    the tender plants of all who have faith in him.
    Such then is the mustard seed which Christ sowed in his garden.
    When he promised a kingdom to the patriarchs the seed took root in
    them; with the prophets it sprang up, with the apostles it grew tall,
    in the Church it became a great tree putting forth innumerable
    branches laden with gifts. And now you too must take the wings of the psalmist's dove, gleaming gold in the rays of divine sunlight, and fly
    to reap for ever among those sturdy, fruitful branches. No snares are
    set to trap you there; fly off, then, with confidence and dwell
    securely in its shelter.
    --Peter Chrysologus--July 30
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