St Morwenna resting her head


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Icon of St Morwenna resting her head against the spiritual work of her life, represented by the church she built stone by stone on top of the Raven’s Crag.

Hand-painted on natural wood board.

Double reinforced for longer life.

Dimensions: 21 cm x 29 cm.

The price does not include shipping costs.

Commission going to Port Townsend, WA, USA.

St Morwenna was trained in Ireland before crossing over to Cornwall. Morwenna made her home in a little hermitage at Hennacliff (the Raven’s Crag), afterwards called Morwenstow (meaning “Morwenna’s holy-place“). It stands near the top of a high cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, where the sea is almost constantly stormy, and from where, in certain atmospheric conditions, the coast of Wales can be seen.

She built a church there, for the local people, with her own hands. It is said that she carried the stone on her head from beneath the cliff and where she once stopped for a rest, a spring gushed forth to the west of the church.

Early in the sixth century, while she lay dying, her brother, St. Nectan, came to see her, and she asked him to raise her up so that she might look once more on her native shore. She was buried at the church in Morwenstow.

(text source: Wikipedia)