Crucifixion with Vicar Prichard and William Williams Pantycelyn

  Crucifixion with Vicar Prichard and William Williams Pantycelyn

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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Three-light window.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: C.E. Kempe & Co Ltd

Church of St Mary, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire
east wall of the chancel

Inscription on the centre light is the last verse of Vicar Prichard's hymn 'Am weddi a'i pherthnasau'. On the other two lights the inscriptions are 'His candle goeth not out' - a reference to Prichard's famous collection of popular hymns and religious songs 'Cannwyll y Cymry' (The Welshman's Candle) and deriving ultimately from Proverbs 31:18; and 'Guide me, O thou great Redeemer', the first line in the English translation of Pantycelyn's most famous hymn.

Rhys Prichard (c.1579-1644), a native of Llandovery, was ordained priest 1602 after studying at Jesus College, Oxford, and became vicar of Llandingad & Llanfair-ar-y-bryn the same year. He retained the living until his death in 1644, becoming Chancellor of St David's Cathedral in 1626, where he is buried. His famous book was published posthumously, in 1659-60, but a complete edition did not appear until 1681. William Williams (1717-91) was born at Cefn-coed in the parish of Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, and was ordained deacon in 1740. From around 1748 he made his home at Pantycelyn, and became the most prominent hymnwriter of the Methodist movement in Wales, as well as a tireless itinerant preacher. He published more than 90 books and pamphlets. He is buried in the churchyard at Llanfair-ar-y-bryn.


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Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 217.

Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion (London: Yale University Press, 2006), p. 292.

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  Crucifixion with Vicar Prichard and William Williams Pantycelyn

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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