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Mae ein gwefan Gymraeg i’w gweld yma .

July Services at the Shrine Church of St Melangell. 

Cancer has been much in the news recently as both the King and the Princess of Wales, along with many others, continue to receive treatment for it. The statements that both Charles and Catherine have made have been praised for their openness and the effect on others as the numbers of those checking their own symptoms has increased and lives may have been saved accordingly. It’s been claimed that there has never been a better time to have cancer, given the increasingly effective medications and therapies, but the yew trees here at Pennant Melangell also bear testimony to the treatment of disease centuries ago.  

Every part of a yew tree is poisonous except for the red aril which contains the seed, the most toxic part of all. For this reason, yews which were needed for long bows in archery as its wood is both firm and flexible were planted inside gated and walled churchyards so that animals could not get in to eat them. In the Dark Ages, if anyone died of an infectious disease their grave would be lined and topped with boughs from a yew so that the toxins in it would protect the living from whatever had killed its occupant. The yew is also known as the Tree of Death, the Greeks dedicating it to the goddess Hecate who was deemed to rule the underworld where it was thought to grow abundantly. It was also associated with Artemis, the goddess of hunting, whose arrows were said to be dipped in its poison.  

Although it can do great harm, the poison of the common yew, Taxus Baccata, has been harnessed by scientists and pharmacists over the years and its toxins are now used in chemotherapy as Taxol (Paclitaxel) and Taxotire (Docetaxel). What can be poisonous and deadly can also be used for good purposes and, clearly, those in the Dark Ages were enlightened about their environment in ways that are sometimes forgotten. As we, in our generation, face the challenges of disease or the things that are poisoning our world and environment, what can we do to change and harness their use for better purpose? 

With my prayers, 

Christine, Priest Guardian. 

The following services will be held here, followed by a shared lunch on Thursdays with tea and cake on Sundays: 

Thursdays 4th, General Election, 11th, 18th, 25th, St James, noon: Holy Eucharist. 

Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 7th July, 3pm: Service of reflection. 

Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 14th July, 10.30am: United service at St.Cynog’s. 

Please note that, due to this, there will be no service at St Melangell’s at 3pm.  

Eighth Sunday after Trinity, 21st July, 3pm: Holy Eucharist. 

Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 28th July, 3pm: Service of reflection. 

Monday 29th July, 10.30am: Julian Group at the Centre.

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