Community of St Celer, Plas Geler, Llandysul, West Wales
Location: The chapel of St Celer, in West Wales, is on the site of the Holy Well of St Celer.
- Typika, Sundays and Feasts, usually 11 a.m.;
- Matins and Vespers daily; Panikhida / Moleben on request.
- Divine Liturgy celebrated around ten times a year
Information: Little is known of the life of St Celer, a hermit and martyr who, in the second half of the seventh century, lived in the woods and caves surrounding the healing well. A chapel dedicated to the Mother of God stood over the well. Only a few stones now remain of this chapel, and several very old yew trees.
People from all over Wales came on pilgrimage to receive counsel from the holy hermit, to pray and seek healing from the waters of the well. This pilgrimage continued after the death of St Celer.
In the Middle Ages, and well into the eighteenth century, a 'Saint Celer Fair' was held there from 21 June (date of the repose of the saint) to 29 June (Sts Peter and Paul) and was renowned throughout Wales. Crutches and mementos were left by the well, testyifying to graces received.
in 2003 Priestmonk Vladimir (Lysak), by prayer and the grace of God, re-established a mission there, thus reviving the cult of St Celer. By unstinting efforts, Father Vladimir restored the monastic foundation and place of worship. An iconographer, Father Vladimir has painted many icons during his stays, some of which are now in the chapel, including the icon of St Celer. Through serving of the sacraments he has re-instated St Celer as a centre of spiritual and communal worship. During his stays, people come for spiritual counsel, and several have become his spiritual children.