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- From The Glamorgan Gazette 15th June 1906
At Llanfrynach. Church,
"You may break, you may shatter, the vase if you will,
But the scent of the roses will hang round it still. " - Moore.
"Millions of spiritual creatures walk, the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep." - Milton.
Such were some of the thoughts that crowded on the mind of the writer last Sunday evening, when, thanks to the generosity and large-heartedness of a local landed proprietor, "the sound of the church-going bell" once more awakened the echoes of "the valleys and woods" surrounding the ancient and historic fane of Llanfrynach. After a residence of some years in its immediate neighbourhood, and an awakening about a year ago by a Nonconformist nephew from Cheshire to the historic ecclesiastical character of this neighbourhood, it has become impossible not to picture to one's self the part this venerable church must have taken in the evangelisation and edification of Great Britain. For, be it known to all whom it may concern, that modern research has fairly established the fact that Glamorgan (Morganwg) was the cradle of Christianity for Great Britain, and that our Celtic forefathers, under the sway of the Roman Empire, took a very active and effective, part in the establishment of Christianity in these islands. Whether St. Paul's headquarters were or were not at St. Donatt's Castle in the days of King Caractacus, it is pretty certain that during seven years of his life, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, he "lit the candle" of Christianity in this locality, "which by the grace of God has never been put out." So far, the tradition relating to the preaching of St. Paul in Britain is accepted as true, and there can be nothing out pleasurable feelings in referring to the fact and trying to imagine to what "labours abundant" of this venerable Apostle to the Gentiles our ancestors and ourselves owe their and our evangelisation and civilisation. True it is that at periods this Pauline spirit has nearly gone out, but the revival spirit is so intimate a part of the Celtic nature, and in no respect is it so substantially exemplified as in the restoration and upkeep of the sacred edifices erected by the piety and self-denial of our ancestors. Devoted brains and hands have recently been at work on Llanfrynach Church and its God's acre-the ancient and present cemetery of the parish of Penllyn and neighbourhood. Once more the residents in Lisworney and Llanblethian joined the parishioners of Penllyn in praising the God of their forefathers on the sacred spot where for generations and generations the sacrifice of praise and thanks- giving had been daily celebrated. Long before the appointed time for Divine service, the holy shrine was crowded and many were unable to obtain admission. And "still they came," including no small contingent from the neighbouring borough of Cowbridge. It was a truly pandenominational congregation, and what a tribute to the ancient liturgy of the church of our forefathers it was to hear such. distinct and united responses throughout the whole of the Divine office. After all, with all our petty and unimportant differences, it is a fact that we can worship together on the old and well-tried lines of the past. What a soul-stirring effect was produced by the hearty and general singing of "Crown Him Lord of All" and "All people that on earth do dwell." What a soul-searching must have gone on in the minds of all during the singing of "The Church's one Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord." The preacher was the popular Vicar of Penllyn, who made an earnest appeal to all present to make good use of their present opportunities of grace, to keep the oil of the Divine Presence alight, so that when the Master should call they would be ready to go in to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
J. D., Lisworney.