Today is the feast day of the Celtic saint, Decuman. Decuman is said to have been born of noble parents from Rhoscrowther in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where there is a church dedicated to him.
Decuman was a hermit of the seventh century. Wishing to leave behind worldly matters, he travelled from Wales to the little fishing village of Watchet in Somerset. According to legend, he, together with his cow, made the voyage on nothing more than a raft made of rushes.
Decuman was martyred by decapitation. However, it is said that he placed his head in a nearby sacred spring. The waters at this holy site had been known since pre-Christian times to give strength, wisdom, and healing to all who drank from them. So, having washed his head in its waters, he then placed his head under his arm and returned to Wales.
Being understandably impressed, the local folk built his church at the site.
The well for this spring is still to be found below the church. It produces clear water and was a place of veneration long into the 16th century. It has recently been restored jointly by the church and the local Pagan community, and is still used for ceremonies and as a place for quiet contemplation.
Today, I suggest that you take a moment to consider the miraculous powers of water: the powers that cleanse, that heal, that give life. These are the waters that flow in peace through the centuries. And regardless of faith or creed, they offer their blessing to us all.
Let us raise a glass today to the sweet, ancient waters of life, and sip slowly the gift of their divine magic.