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Mary in Monmouthshire is a historical broadcast detailing ancient, secret and Catholic places often hidden away in Monmouthshire or the ancient kingdom of Gwent, Ergyng (South Hereford) and places visited by Mary who travels around in Cornwall and France. There is also a place for ancient hagiographies of saints conected with Monmouthshire and Caerleon-for example St David's hermitage in the Black Mountains near Llanthony, and its 19th centure apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Mar 19, 2008

I sing the 'Our Father' at the end of this programme. Consideration of the preparations for Easter and my upcoming visit to Cornwall, where I intend to do soundseeing tours of St Materiana and at Minster Church in Boscastle. Photos already on

The birth of Gwynlliw to Glwys King of a district of Gwent. Gwynlliw (Woolos)has to kill a lot of people to establish pace, then can't stop and uses Pill (Pill gwenlly-literally an inlet of water belonging to Gwynlliw)to raid passing ships. steal their booty and kill the crews. Cadoc (his son) andsaintly wife Gwladys pray for his conversion from his wicked ways. Gwynlliw has the vision of an angel and changes, living the life of a celibate couple with Gwladys until they separate and she joins a convent at Bassaleg-or nearby to Bassaleg Church, and he remains a hermit there on Stow Hill, having built his Church and dedicated it to Our Lady.

The statue of the bull placed in Newport town centre should be white-to reflect the next world,and his tomb can still be seen in the centre of the present Anglican Cathedral. The Catholic Church on Stow Hill is dedicated to our Lady as well, and is the Church where I was married and our Son christened. There are marvellous stained glass windows of the Newport Saints in both churches.

Finally I sing the Our Father -my own recording. Please enjoy it as an Easter gift.

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