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Blessed "Saint' Asaph

 
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Accepted into the Dogma on 26 November 1460 by the ESPC.

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Hagiography of blessed "Saint" Asaph




Beginnings

Asaph was born in the welsh countryside of Holywell in the year of 542. When he was a young boy, he frequently visited the nearby hermitage in Tenegel where he first heard and learned the Word of Jah and the wisdom of Aristotle. He eventually entered the said hermitage at the age of twelve with the Abbot Kentigern as his mentor. At an early age, he already showed great wisdom and love for Jah. He helped the monks that preached by that area and assisted the venerable Kentigern during his years as a novice.

When he was at his late twenties, the Venerable Kentigern left the hermitage when he was called to hold the Scottish bishopric of Glasgow in the year 573, he left the hermitage in charge of Asaph. Asaph was then consecrated as an abbot and granted the mitre and crozier of the abbotcy. During his tenure, he helped the nearby villages when a drought and series of famine struck the land. Many of animals and crops withered and died. The people were loosing their faith, and so was Asaph.

Temptation of Asap

With a crisis of faith, Asaph left the hermitage and fled to the hills near the coast of Flintshire where he prayed endlessly and fasted. During his days of solitude and silent prayer, the Creature Without Name came to the cave where Asaph was staying. The Creature tempted him with earthly and material things and various vanities and he even spout heresies that kept Asaph awake and never let him sleep. But Asaph, remembering the teachings of his mentor Kentigern, kept his eyes closed and mind and heart upward in deep prayer. Then an angel of the Lord came down and shone upon the heathen Creature and drove him away. The angel then gave Asaph a stick and said that if the stick touches a body of water, it will be cleansed and be filled with blessedness and will heal any ailment. The angle also assured Asaph that the Almighty heard his endless prayers and his weeks of fasting in the wilderness will be rewarded.

Asaph returned to the hermitage with a blessed heart that can compel any sin. When he went to the village, he threw the stick that was given to him into a nearby stream, the sky lightened and a gust of cool breeze whirled into the villages. The famine and drought quickly vanished, the crops grew and rain befell the lands. From then on, Asaph strengthened the ministry left to him that many of the people went back into the faith.

Church Acts

Asaph was known for his sermons. It was said that the Divine Action shined upon him during his public preaching that even the deaf were able to hear his words. His charity and virtuous acts were then made known throughout the lands that people came all over Wales and even Northumbria in England to hear him preach. It was then that his fame reached the ears of Rome.

The higher Church officials then ordered the Church of Normandy to establish an episcopal see in Northern Wales. Asaph was again consecrated as a bishop of the newly established Bishopric of Llanelwy. He was then installed as its first bishop. He was consecrated by then the Archbishop of Glasgow and his old mentor, Kentigern.

Later years and death

Later years and death

During his later years, Asaph was one of the most respected and beloved bishop on the British Isles. His wisdom and knowledge was sought by academians and thinker alike, but he remained the old humble and cheerful bishop to his people.

It was then that the Celtic pagans arrived in the shores of Northern Wales. Their heretical preachings reached the town of Holywell where Asaph's cathedral is. At one event, Asaph stumbled upon one of these pagans in the marketplace preaching about their gods. The two ensued in a theological debate. Using his wisdom and deep faith, Asaph successfully defeated the pagan. The heathen then rebuffed him with curses.

It was a blessed victory for Asaph and the Aristotelian Church but it also triggered the embitterment of the pagans. One night, while Asaph was celebrating the Holy Mass a group of pagans attacked the church. They closed down all doors and windows from the outside and burned the building with all the parishioners and Asaph inside. Asaph prayed for safety and it was heard almost instantaneously. Heavy winds and a thunderstorm developed above the church and quenched the fire, the pagans were also stuck by lightning.

The doors opened and the community rejoiced and held a mass of thanksgiving. However, it seemed that Asaph had done the will of the Almighty that after the mass he broke down to the floor and remained ill until his earthly departure. His funeral was a day of mourning and sadness for the whole Church of Llanelwy. He was buried in the tombs of the Cathedral of Llanelwy on the first of May, 635 at the faithful age of 93. The diocese was later then named after him.

Quotes

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The Red Book of Asaph, said to have been originally compiled early in the fourteenth century, refers to "the charm of his conversations, the symmetry, vigor and grace of his body, the holiness and virtue of his heart, and the witness of his miracles".


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The second recorded bishop of the diocese of St. Asaph was Geoffrey of Monmouth, in whose History of the Kings of Britain there is a mention of his predecessor as being "wise but humble, stern but kind, and whose faith hast nay been crooked nor withered."


Relics: his remains are interned in the lowermost crypt of the Cathedral of Llanelwy (St. Asaph); his miraculous stick was incorporated inside the episcopal crozier of the bishops of Llanelwy (St. Asaph), gilded with gold and is still in possession and use today.

Feast: May 1st

Patronage: Patron of Wales


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