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St. Melangell of Wales

 

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St. Melangell
(pronounced "Mel-eng-eth")
(or Monacella)

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Feast Days: January 31 & May 27

In the early 7th Century, Melangell, the daughter of an Irish king, fled to a beautiful spot at the head of the Tanat Valley in Wales, where she lived a peaceful solitary life until the Prince of Powys went hunting, and a frightened hare took refuge under Melangellís cloak. The Princeís dogs were subdued and, deeply impressed, he gave her the valley to create a sanctuary. Ever since, Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage, and Melangell remains the patron saint of hares, rabbits, small animals, and the natural environment.

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Actual size: 5½" x 7½" x ¾" thick (also available in larger sizes)

The symbolism and inspiration:
Melangell's story is reminiscent of a fairy tale, so I used classic fairy tale illustrations for inspiration. She stands sheltered in a Rowan tree (sacred in ancient Wales) while a rabbit gazes out fearlessly from among the folds of her robe. The border is formed of leeks and daffodils (both symbols of Wales). The kneeling prince has a red lion on his cap. Small creatures are visible in the foreground. The horse and hound look on calmly. Three hares are depicted inside a shamrock in deference to her Irish heritage.
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To learn about Melangell and/or view the scroll that
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Scrolls may also be ordered separately.

Also see our Saints PreservedTM site for interesting facts, legends and more...
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