Thank you David for this wonderful video of the procession through Usk to St Mary's Priory Church. God is glorious in his saints and martyrs, St David Lewis, Pray for us.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
The procession left the Church, reciting the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary for the benefit of the Soul of the saint, and arrived at the grave side in glorious sunshine, Fr Adrian carrying the relic of St David Lewis.In his final speech from the hastily prepared gallows, Fr Lewis had quoted from theScriptures, from 1 Peter 3, about how to die for what is right .
'Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right? But even if you do suffer for righteousness sake you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts reverence Christhe Lord. Always be prepared to make a defence to any one who calls yu to account for the Hope that is within you, yet d it with gentleness and reverence, and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused those who revile your good behaviour in Christ may be put to shame
For it is better to suffer for what is right, if that should be God's will, tan for doing wrong. ForCrist also died for sins once for all, he rightous for the unrighteous , that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
The botched execution caused more pain to Father Lewis, but finally two Protestants he had helped made sure he had died at the hanging, dragging at his hands, s there was no drawing and quartering,and the body was laid in the graveyard in the parish church, where it was later found during excavation and buried in a more prominent place at the Church door of the former priory, now Anglican Church.At he graveside, the relic was brought to each member of the congregation for veneration, as the Faithful sang 'Faith of Our Fathers'.Flowers had been placed on the grave and a photograph of a portrait of the saint, I think painted while he was in France as a youngish man. Father Adrian then knelt to venerate the gravestone, which all the other pilgrims also did. No 'Salve Regina' this time, sadly. In attendance were also the sisters of St Joseph of Annecy at Llantarnam, and some monks from Belmont. Father Adrian goes to Ledbury and Ross from Cwmbran, but I do hope that he keeps his association with the pilgrimage. After refreshments at the Parish Hall for some and The Three Salmons for others, people took their cars and coaches home, happy the saint had been venerated, thanked and remembered for another year, and he will continue to intercede for all those in the persecuted Church.