GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART
Saint Elian (Eilian / Llanelian),
missionary in Cornwall, England & hermit in Llanelian, Wales,
from Rome (+6th century)
January 12 & 13
Saint Elian was founded a church in North Wales around the year 450. The Parish of Llanelian is named after him. The Legend of St. Elian says he was related to Saint Ismael Bishop of Rhos in Wales and labored in the missions of Cornwall, England. His feast day is 13 January.
Tradition holds that he came by sea from Rome and landed in Anglesey at Porth yr Yehen, where he built his church.
Saint Elian forbade the keeping of greyhounds after one killed or disturbed a doe in his care.
St Elian’s Church in Llaneilian, Wales
The Font and door to the 12th century tower
St Elian’s Church, wooden portable Altar
St Elian’s Cross
St Elian’s Well