Saint Morwenna

Rowan  Lewgalon

Lindlar, Germany

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Morwenna, born around 480, was one of the many holy daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog.
She was trained in Ireland before becoming one of the Welsh saints who crossed over to Cornwall. Morwenna made her home in a little hermitage at Hennacliff (the Raven’s Crag), afterwards called Morwenstow. It stands near the top of a high cliff looking over the Atlantic, where the sea is almost constantly stormy, and from where, in certain atmospheric conditions, the coast of Wales can be seen. She built a church there, for the local people, with her own hands. She carried the stone, on her head, from beneath the cliff and where she once stopped for a rest, a spring gushed forth. It can still be seen to the west of the church.

When she was dying, her brother, St. Nectan, came to see her from Hartland and she bade him raise her up that she might look once more on her native shore. This occurred some time in the early 6th century, possibly on 24th July.

From Early British Kingdoms

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