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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.

May 1, 2008

This is a reissue of the previous version of this podcast with the first part included-so sorry about this.

In this podcast we consider Saint Tecla originally from Llandegla in North Wales near Ruthin. She was famous for her work with lepers.Details of rituals (slightly shonky) are given on which show how people were paying for miracles at her well there even until recent times. Tecla came south, set up at the rock at Beachley also later occupied by st Twrog, and worked for the sick there, It is possi ble in view of the wild and remote nature of the place she had succumbed to Leprosy herself-but this is pure speculation. The rock and little chapel are shown on the blog, but is unlikely to have been Teclas. She is murdered by marauding Saxons and seems to have lived a deal earlier than our other saints,

She was undoubtedly named after Tecla of Iconium in Laeodocia and was a disciple of St Paul who wished to dedicate herself to God and was many times tortured and threatened eventually founding a small colony and seemingly buried at St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.Her cult spread all over the Church from East to West and many young women followed her example with admiration.