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The Grade I listed Church lies within the Roman fort of Canovium. Mae’r Eglwys restredig Gradd I hon yn sefyll yng Nghaer Rufeinig Canovium.
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Nestling quietly alongside the banks of the Conwy River, St. Mary’s Church Eglwys y Santes Fair offers an oasis of calm on a site that was once a bustling Roman fort. The building has a beautiful simplicity and serves those who live nearby in villages such as Rowen, as well as those who live far away. It offers a place of serenity to experience worship that is grounded in God’s word, spoken as blessing, teaching, comfort and peace, for over 700 years.
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Sunday Worship 11am
Services are mainly eucharistic (i.e. they include Holy Communion, which is when the faithful receive bread as a symbol of the body of Jesus Christ). Eucharistic Services are taken by ordained Priests and they follow the Church in Wales (2004) Book of Common Prayer. Occasionally, Morning Worship Services are taken by Lay Readers.
Bishop Andy presided and preached at the Eucharist on the second Sunday of Epiphany.
Psalm 40: 1-11
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St. Mary’s Church dates back to the 13th century and was built by the Cistercian Monks of Maenan Abbey. The Church is located in the North-Eastern corner of a large Roman fort called Canovium, which was built much earlier in 75AD. Legend suggests that the fort lasted long after Roman withdrawal. In the 6th century, it was occupied by the King of Gwynedd Rhun ap Maelgwn, hence the name Cae-rhun.
Two of the yew trees are over 1000 years old!
Beautiful 18th century lych gate, but duck your head!
St. Mary’s Church was a place of Christian worship long before King Henry VIII’s Reformation. Unfortunately, many of the features of Roman Catholicism were destroyed, but restoration work was carried out in the 1970s, which unearthed a medieval stoop, that had previously been hidden in the corner of the building!
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