A first approach to
the indigenous Orthodox Saints and Martyrs of the Ancient
Church who lived and who propagated the Faith in the British
Isles and Ireland during the first millennium of
Christianity and prior to the Great Schism is being
attempted in our website in our
desire to inform our readers, who may not be aware of the
history, the labours or the martyrdom of this host of
Orthodox Saints of the original One, Holy, Catholic and
Apostolic Church of our Lord.
Church in The British Isles will only
begin to grow when she begins to
venerate her own Saints"
Arsenios of Paros †1877)
St. Deiniol (Daniel) of Bangor in Wales
St Deiniol (+ c.584) was said to be a descendant of Coel
Celtic chieftain of North Britain. He founded two
monasteries at Bangor
Fawr (modern Bangor on the Menai Straits) and Bangor Iscoed
Bangor-on-Dee). The monks at Bangor Iscoed totalled over
they were routed in battle by the pagan King of Northumbria.
to Bede, it had been the most famous monastery of British
Regarded as the first Bishop of Bangor, St Deiniol was
status with St David and St Dyfrig. Several churches in
North Wales are
dedicated to St Deiniol, which is perhaps why the great
minister W.E. Gladstone dedicated his famous library to him
(Welsh, Deiniol/Latin, Dainiolus/English, Daniel)
Prince Deiniol the Blessed was a saintly man who appears to
established himself in Gwynedd in the early 6th century,
long before his
father, King Dunaut's defeat and expulsion from Dunoting.
settled in Bangor Fawr on the Menai Straits where King
M?lgwn of Gwynedd
gave him lands to establish a monastic Cathedral. He later
monastery at Bangor-Is-y-Coed (upon Dee) under the patronage
uncle, King Brochfael Ysgythrog (of the Tusks) of Powys.
ageing father may have become Abbot here.
Deiniol attended the Synod of Llandewi Brefi where he was
Bishop of Bangor (Fawr) by St.Dewi (David) himself. Upon his
is said to have founded churches at Llandeiniol in Dyfed and
Llanuwchllyn near Lake Bala.
Though he died at Bangor Fawr on 11th September 584, his
body was taken
to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) to be buried. The Cathedral
(Fawr) is still dedicated to him today.
Troparion of St Deiniol tone 4
By thy teaching and pious life thou didst shine forth in the
Saints, O Hierarch Deiniol,/ and becoming Bangor's first
wast an instrument of God's grace, leading many to
salvation./ Pray, O
Saint, that we may be led into the Way of Truth that our
souls may be
Article published in English
Last update: 2-2-2010.