Welcome to The Ministry Area of Bro Enlli

Welcome to our family of seven Anglican churches which stretch from the market town of Pwllheli along the beautiful and stunning southern coastline of The Llŷn Peninsula towards Aberdaron.

Bro is a Welsh word that infers a distinct geographical area. Enlli is the Sacred Island that the pilgrim paths, connecting all of our churches lead to, at the end of the Peninsula.

We are an Inclusive Church, within the Bangor Diocese of The Church in Wales, which have sought to Worshipping God, Grow the Church and Love the World since the 6th century.

Christianity has been a living faith on the Llyn Peninsula for well over 1400 years. The fact that so many of the churches in the area are dedicated to the saints of those early years bears testimony to the fact that the Christian faith has been cherished and continues to be cherished since those early days. Almost all of those early Christian Celtic saints who converted the people of Wales were travelling missionaries. The location of sites dedicated to these early missionaries indicates that they settled in our area and thus began the mission that we ourselves in these modern days are privileged to continue. The people of the Llŷn Peninsula have welcomed pilgrims and visitors for a thousand years and it is wonderful that we are able to welcome YOU to our churches.

Service Times

Sunday Services

Church of the Holy Cross, Llannor
Sunday Eucharist 11:30am (Welsh)
St Cian, Llangian
Alternate Sundays Eucharist with St Engan’s Church, Llanengan 9am (English)
St Engan, Llanengan
Alternate Sundays Eucharist with St Cian’s Church, Llangian 9am (English)
St Hywyn, Aberdaron
Sunday Eucharist 10:30am (Bilingual)
St Maelrhys, Llanfaelrhys
Sunday Evening Prayer 2pm (Welsh)
3rd Sunday of month Eucharist 2pm (Bilingual)
St Pedrog, Llanbedrog
Sunday Eucharist 10am (Bilingual)
St Peter, Pwllheli
Sunday Eucharist 10:30am (Bilingual)

Midweek Services

St Hywyn, Aberdaron
Thursday Eucharist 10:30am (Bilingual)
St Pedrog, Llanbedrog
Wednesday Eucharist 10am (Bilingual)
Wednesday Bible Study 11am (Bilingual)
St Peter, Pwllheli
Tuesday Eucharist 10:30am (Bilingual)
Friday Benediction 3pm (Bilingual)
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Dear all

I do hope that you are all well and safe - much love and prayers to you.

A few announcements first:
- services this Sunday: 9am Llanengan / 10am Llanbedrog / 10-15 Pwllheli / 10-30 Aberdaron / 11-30 Llannor / 2pm Llanfaelrhys
- mid-week services: Tuesday 10-30 Pwllheli / Wednesday 10am Llanbedrog / Thursday 10-30 Aberdaron / Friday 3pm Pwllheli
- Bro Enlli website: www.broenlli.com

And so after two lovely days exploring sites in and around Galilee and staying at the Scottish convent in Tiberius, this morning we make an early start back to Jerusalem. On our way back we will stop at two important places, namely, Nablus (Shechem) and Mount Tabor.

Nablus (or Neapolis or New Town) was given the name when it was built for the Roman veterans of the so-called Jewish War in the year 72 AD. Prior to that it was called Shechem. It was originally built to guard the important East-West trade route which passes between the mountains of Ebal and Gerizim, and is the natural capital of the hill country of Samaria. This was the town known by Abraham and Jacob and the bones of Joseph are said to have been brought back from Egypt to be buried here. In the Gospel of John (chapter 4, verses 4-13) we are reminded that Jacob dug a well here (almost 4000 years ago), no doubt to ensure his own water supply in an area well served by springs.

Since the fourth century Mount Tabor, a dome-shaped mountain rising 1,500 feet above the Plain of Jezreel has been venerated as the traditional site of the Transfiguration. But the mountain has played an important part in the history of the land since very early times because of its strategic position, again, on the main trade route between East and West. Many battles have been fought at the foot of the mountain on the plains of Jezreel (or Esdraelon). As early as 2000 BC the Caananites set up a place of worship to Baal here and it is also mentioned as a place of significance in the Psalms (89) and in the book of Judges where Deborah, the prophetess, and Barak, the General, assembled their armies in order to fight the Caananites (Judges, chapters 4 and 5).

On our arrival in Nablus we make our way towards what seems to be a somewhat decayed church building. Over coffee a Greek Orthodox priest leads us towards Jacob's Well and tells us the story of the church in this place. He informs us that the first church on this site was built way back in the 4rth century only to be badly damaged during the Samaritan revolts of the 5th and 6th centuries and again by the Persians in the year 614 AD. In the 12th century the Crusaders started to rebuild the damaged church buildings and constructed a three-aisled building, but, due to their defeat, never completed the project. Over the years several other groups have tried to complete the building but with no success - the Fransiscans in 16th century, the Greeks in the 17th century and the Russians in the 20th century; but all efforts failed!

Our pilgrim group this morning comment on the impressive but incomplete building as we approach it - massive nave pillars, unfinished walls and no roof. After coffee and a walk around the area, the Greek Orthodox priest, accompanying us, leads us to Jacob's Well, which is 115 feet deep, and he invites us to drink some of the water - he lets down the bucket by means of a simple metal winch to draw up the cool clear drinking water and we all have a sip. After having a drink of this water we pause to read part of John's Gospel (chapter 4, verses 4 to 13) where Jesus meets the Samaritan woman and talks to her about the 'Living Water' that this well offers - what a privilege it is for us to share that same drink. The suggestion in this story is that Jesus offers the 'Living Water' as a means to overcome the problems of his day. As the 'Living Water' Jesus offers himself to us today as the way to overcome the problems of our own times

Before making our way back to the coach we notice in the near distance Mount Gerizim. Nablus is the only place left where modern-day Samaritans continue to worship in their traditional way. Their bible only contains the first five books of our Old Testament and they disagree with the Jews as to where the true 'Holy Place' is located - for Jews it is Mount Zion (the Temple site in Jerusalem) for Samaritans it is here on Mount Gerizim............... And so we continue our southern journey and head for Mount Tabor.

On our arrival at the foot of the mountain we leave the coach and head for a convoy of white taxis and make our way to the summit, up a very twisting track! We are greeted by Spanish Fransiscan sisters; the order who built the present church in 1924 - what an achievement, having to carry all the materials 1,500 feet up to the top. Following a very lovely lunch - Spanish pizzas in the courtyard with a glass of their own home-made red wine - we make our way into this very impressive church. We notice a fine mosaic depicting Jesus' Transfiguration; on the left is Peter while on the right we see James and John - all looking in amazement. In the background, standing majestically on white clouds, are Moses and Elijah. We see an open crypt below full of colour and greatly enhanced by the brilliant stained glass window depicting two peacocks (symbols of eternity) flanking a chalice. On leaving the church we pass through two other chapels under the west towers - one dedicated to Moses (the Law) and the other to Elijah (the Prophets). And all of this overlooking the magnificent views over the valley and plains of Jezreel.

The events on the summit of Tabor was hugely significant - it bridged Jesus' public ministry in Galilee and his final period. The experience of the Transfiguration prepared Jesus for what lay ahead for him in Jerusalem (Luke 9.28-36). Today the Grace of Transfiguration prepares us to face head-on those challenging things that come our way from time to time. Through faith, Transfiguration becomes real for us in our own lives and it strengthens us to follow the authentic path in life.

Back into the taxis and down the mountain, into the coach and back to the Cathedral in Jerusalem, to rest before we head off to Bethany tomorrow morning.

A hymn to sing on Mount Tabor
O vision blest of heavenly light,
Which meets the three disciples' sight,
When on the holy mount they see
Their Lord's transfigured majesty.

More bright than day his raiment shone;
The Father's voice proclaimed the Son
Belov'd before the worlds were made,
For us in mortal flesh arrayed.

And with him there on either hand
Lo, Moses and Elijah stand,
To show how Christ, to those who see,
Fulfils both law and prophecy.

O Light from light, by love inclined,
Jesu, redeemer of mankind,
Accept thy people's prayer and praise
Which on the mount to thee they raise.

Be with us, Lord, as we descend
To walk with thee to journey's end,
That through thy cross we too may rise,
And share thy triumph in the skies.

To thee, O Father; Christ, to thee,
Let praise and endless glory be,
Whom with the Spirit we adore,
One Lord, one God, for evermore.
(GB Timms / tune Rockingham - When I survey the wondrous Cross)
Here is the links to the Diocesan website where you can click to read the Bishop's letter (Y Ddolen) and more material:

With much love
Andrew x
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Annwyl bawb
Mawr obeithiaf eich bod yn iach ac yn saff - llawer o gariad a gweddiau atoch.

Ychydig o gyhoeddiadau i gychwyn:
- gwasanaethau'r Sul yma: 9am Llanengan / 10am Llanbedrog / 10-15 Pwllheli / 10-30 Aberdaron / 11-30 Llannor / 2pm Llanfaelrhys
- gwasanaethau'r wythnos: Mawrth 10-30 Pwllheli / Mercher 10am Llanbedrog / Iau 10-30 Aberdaron / Gwener 3pm Pwllheli
- gwefan Bro Enllii: www.broenlli.com

Ac felly yn dilyn dau ddiwrnod hyfryd yng nghyffiniau Galilea ac yn aros yng nghwfaint y chwiorydd o'r Alban yn Tiberius, bore 'ma awn ati i gychwyn ein taith yn ol i Jerusalem. Ond ar ein ffordd cawn y cyfle i ymweld a dwy safle arbennig iawn, sef Nablus (Shechem) a Mynydd Tabor.

Fe gafodd Nablus (neu Neapolis, y dref newydd) ei henwi a'i haddasu yn dilyn y Rhyfel Iddewig yn y flwyddyn 72 OC er mwyn sicrhau cartref i gyn-filwyr Rhyfeinig y rhyfel hon. Cyn hynny, Shechem oedd enw'r dref ac yn wreiddiol fe gafodd Shechem ei hadeiladu i warchod y llwybr fasnach rhwng y Gorllewin a'r Dwyrain o'r wlad hon ac fe aed y llwybr rhwng mynyddoedd Ebal a Gerisim ac yma oedd y ganolfan naturiol cyffiniau Samaria. Fe gofiwn fod Abraham a Jacob yn gyfarwydd a Shechem ac yma hefyd y cyrhaeddodd esgyrn Joseph ar ol ei farwolaeth yn yr Aifft. Yn ol Efengyl Ioan (pennod 4, adnodau 4-13) yma yr adeiladodd Jacob ffynnon arbennig (bron i 4000 o flynyddoedd yn ol) er mwyn sicrhau cyflenwad o ddwr i'w deulu.

Ers y bedwaredd ganrif mae Cristnogion wedi anrhydeddu Mynydd Tabor fel safle draddodiadol y Gweddnewidiad - mynydd uchel o thua 1,500 o droedfeddi ac yn ddarn o dir urddasol ac arwyddocaol yn wastadedd Jezreel. Ond mae'r mynydd hwn wedi chwarae rhan bwysig yn hanes yr Iddewon canrifoedd cyn Crist, ac yn bennaf oherwydd ei leoliad strategol, eto, rhwng y Gorllewin a'r Dwyrian - yma, y cofiwn am anrhyw o ryfeloedd pwysig. Yma hefyd, yn y flwyddyn 2000 CC y sefydlodd y Caananeaid fangre allweddol i addoli Baal ac mae sawl cyfeiriad at y mynydd yn y Salmau (89) ac yn Lyfr y Barnwyr, lle bu i Deborah, y broffwydes, a Barak, y cadfridog, ymgynnyll eu milwyr i frwydro yn erbyn y Caananeaid (Barnwyr, pennod 4 a 5).

Wrth i ni gyrraedd Nablus awn i gyfeiriad eglwys ychydig yn anarferol - hynny yw, eglwys sydd bron yn adfail! Dros baned o coffi ger Fynnon Jacob, fe eglurodd un offeiriad o'r Eglwys Uniongred hynt a helynt y lle hwn. Fe eglurodd sut yr aeth Cristnogion cynnar y bedwaredd ganrif OC ati i adeiladu eglwys o gwmpas y ffynnon ond iddi gael ei dymchwel yn ystod rhyfeloedd y Samariaid yn y 5ed a'r 6ed ganrif ac yn frwydr y Persiaid yn y flwyddyn 614. Erbyn y 12fed ganrif fe aeth dilynwyr y Crwsad ati i ail-sefydlu'r safle Gristnogol yma ac fe lwyddodd y gweithwyr i godi eglwys eithaf mawr ond oherwydd orchfygiad y Crwsad fe adawyd y prosiect heb ei orffen! Dros y blynyddoedd wedyn fe aeth sawl cymuned ati i ymdrechu i gwblhau yr adeilad - y Fransisciaid yn 16fed ganrif, y Groegiaid yn y 17fed a'r Rwsiaid yn yr 20fed ganrif - ond fe fethodd y cwbl ohonynt!

Ond fe syfrdanwyd ein grwp gan harddwch yr adeilad er ei fod yn y cyflwr presennol - heb ei orffen - cawn weld pileri enfawr, muriau crand ond heb do. Ar ol coffi awn gyda'r offeiriad Uniongred at lan Ffynnon Jacob, sydd yn 115 o droedfeddi i lawr ac fe gynigiodd i ni yfed y dwr wrth iddo ollwng bwced ar raff a chodi dwr clir, glan ac oer - ac fe gafodd bawb lymiad bach o ddwr y ffynnon hynafol hon. Ar ol hyn fe ddarllenodd yr Offeiriad y darn hwnnw o Efengyl Ioan (4.4-13) lle bu i Iesu gyfarfod y wraig o Samaria a thrafod a hi am y 'dwr bywiol' - am anrhydedd i ni heddiw gael blasu yr un 'dwr bywiol'. Drwy gyfrwng y 'dwr bywiol' roedd Iesu, bryd hynny, yn cynnig ateb amlwg i broblemau ei ddydd yn ogystal, ac yn sicr, i broblemau ein hoes ni. Rhaid credu yn Iesu y Meseia, a chyflawni ei ewyllys.

Cyn i ni fynd yn ol at y bws, gwelwn gerllaw Fynydd Geresim. Nablus yw'r unig ganolfan bellach lle ceir Samariaid yn parhau i addoli yn y dull traddodiadol. Anghytuna'r Samariaid a'r Iddewon ar nifer o faterion pwysig. Er engraifft, cred y Samariaid mai llyfrau traddodiadol Moses - pum llyfr cyntaf ein Hen Destament ni - yn unig, ydyw cynnwys y Beibl. Hefyd, credant mai Mynydd Geresim ydyw'r gwir fynydd sanctaidd nid mynydd Seion yn Jerusalem, sef safle y Deml gynt.......... Ac felly awn ati i barhau ein siwrne thuag at y De ac i Fynydd Tabor.

Wedi i ni gyrraedd waelod y mynydd, gwnawn ein ffordd at gonfoi o dacsis gwyn! Ynddynt awn gyda'n gilydd i gopa'r mynydd gan ddilyn llwybr serth a throellog! Ar y copa cawn groeso cynnes iawn gan grwp bach o leianod Sbaeneg o urdd y Fransisciaid; urdd oedd yn gyfrifol am adeiladu'r eglwys bresennol yn 1924 - roedd hyn yn gamp o beth, gorfod cario y deunydd i gyd 1,500 o droedfeddi i fyny'r llwybr bregys. Cawsom ginio ffantastig - pizzas Sbaeneg gyda gwin coch wedi'w gynhyrchu gan y lleianod yma yn eu cwfaint ar gopa'r mynydd. Ar ol cinio awn i mewn i adeilad yr eglwys - adeilad afaelgar go iawn. Yn gyntaf wrth y fynedfa gwelwn mosaic hyfryd ac amryliw yn portreadu'r Gweddnewidiad; ar yr ochr chwith gwelwn Pedr ac ar yr ochr dde gwelwn Iago ac Ioan - y tri ohonynt wedi'w syfrdanu. Yn y cefndir gwelwn Moses ac Elias yn sefyll yn gadarn ac yn urddasol ar gymylau gwyn. Ac wedyn gwelwn gell danddaearol yn llawn lliw a goleuni a chyda ffenestri thu hwnt o liwgar yn portreadu dwy baun (peacocks a symbol o dragwyddoldeb) yn gafael cwpan gymun yn ofalus. Wrth i ni adael yr eglwys awn drwy gapeli bychan - un i gofio Moses (y gyfraith) a'r llall i gofio Elias (y proffwydi). Ac hyn oll wrth inni edrych dros ddyffryn a wastadedd Jezreel - golygfa odidog go iawn.

Roedd profiad y Gweddnewidiad (Luc 9.28-36) yn un hollbwysig yn y ffaith ei fod yn gyfrwng pontio gweinidogaeth gyhoeddus Iesu yn Galilea a'i gyfnod olaf yn Jerusalem. Yn dilyn profiad Mynydd Tabor ffarweliodd Iesu am y tro olaf a Galilea a chyfeiriodd ei gamau i gyfeiriad Jerusalem. Roedd y profiad yn un pwysig ym mywyd Iesu wrth iddo ymbaratoi i wynebu cyfnod anodd. Drwy ras a ffydd y Gweddnewidiad daw'r profiad yn fyw i ninnau hefyd gan roddi nerth inni ddilyn y llwybr cywir.

Yn ol i'r tacsis gwyn ac i lawr y mynydd, a chymeryd y bws yn ol i'r Eglwys Gadeiriol yn Jerusalem, i ymlacio ychydig cyn i ni fynd i Bethania yfory.

Emyn i ganu ar Fynydd Tabor
Y dyddiau gynt ar Sinai,
Yr Arglwydd Dduw a ddaeth,
Mewn dychrynfeydd taranau,
A mellt ymddangos wnaeth;
Ar gopa mynydd eto
Bu'r gweddnewidiad syn -
Disgleirdeb haul cyfiawnder,
A'i ddillad oll yn wyn.

Diffygiodd pob goleuni
O flaen ei wyneb ef,
Yr haul ei hun ymgrymodd
Gerbron etifedd nef;
Daeth Moses ac Elias
I son wrth Grist am Groes -
Y gyfraith a'r proffwydi
Fu'n tystio ym mhob oes.

O weledigaeth hyfryd!
Ond cysgod ydyw hi
O ardderchocach gwynfyd
A brynodd Crist i ni -
O gylch yr oesoedd wen,
Y gwobrwy addawedig ,
Pan ddel y daith i ben.
(WH Harris / ton Aurelia)

Gyda llawer o gariad
Andrew x
Bro Enlli
Bro Enlli
Yn dilyn yr offeren ar gyfer Sul y Cofio yn eglwys St Pedr Pwllheli, da oedd gweld cymaint wedi dod i'r gofgolofn i anrhydeddu'r gorffennol, i weddïo dros bob aelod o'r lluoedd arfog a'u teuluoedd, ac i ddatgan ein gobaith am ddyfodol di-drais.
Ni a'u cofiwn hwy.
We will remember them.
Bro Enlli
Bro Enlli
Dear all

I do hope that you are all well and safe - much love and prayers to you.

A few announcements first:
- services this Sunday: 9am Llangian / 10am Llanbedrog / 9-30 Pwllheli / 10-30 Aberdaron / 11-30 Llannor / 2pm Llanfaelrhys
- mid-week services: Tuesday 10-30 Pwllheli / Wednesday 10am Llanbedrog / Thursday 10-30 Aberdaron / Friday 3pm Pwllheli
- Bro Enlli website: www.broenlli.com

Today is going to be spent in the village of Tabgha wich is situated directly on the lakeside of Galilee - a small fertile oasis on the north-western shore. The name 'Tabgha' comes from the Greek words Hepta pegon meaning 'seven springs' and these can still be seen today. During the day we will visit two important sites in the village, namely, the modern Church of the Multiplication commemorating the place where Jesus fed the 5000 with five loaves and two small fishes (John 6.1-13). When we arrive the church we will see some particularly fine fifth century mosaics incorporated into its floor and which are considered to be among the loveliest in the Holy Land. The second site will be the nearby little chapel of Mensa Christi (Table of Christ) also known as 'Peter's Primacy', built upon a rock at the water's edge. Traditionally, this is where Jesus appeared to his disciples on the lakeside after his Resurrection (John 21.1-14).

And so after breakfast and morning prayers at the Scottish Convent in Tiberius we set off for Tabgha.
On our arrival we head straight for the Church of the Multiplication and although a modern building, the first church was built on this site in the year 350 and rebuilt in 480. After a somewhat chequered history of destruction and re-building the Benedictine order erected this fine basilica in 1984 and it's the Benedictines who welcome us this morning. The monks that live here are known particularly for their generous and caring ministry to disabled young people, providing them with an opportunity for a holiday beside the lake throughout the summer months.

What is striking about their ministry to the disabled young people is the way it reflects Jesus' own eagerness to 'give'. The story of the feeding of the 5000 is probably amongst the most well-known New Testament passages and its message being one of the most important in the gospels. Spending the morning with the monks reminds us that the core message of that gospel miracle is that miracles are not something that belong to the past but Jesus continues to perform them today through the ministry of different people. Being in the presence of some of those happy young people visiting the monastery at the same time as us was truly a sign of a joyful miracle. One of the monks reminded us that there are two things about contemporary miracles: first, as people we must trust Christ's love and believe in his abiding presence; and secondly, we must be ready to love others and to share the blessings that we have.

After a lovely lunch outside in the courtyard of the church we left and walked along the lakeside towards our next destination. But as we left we noticed an inscription above the gateway to the church which read 'Jesus as the Incarnation of pure love is obliged to help whenever he sees his children suffering and in need. Jesus waits for and encourages today's empty hands to stretch out to him so that he may place into those empty hands his great gifts to share'.

And so we arrive at the church of Mensa Christi - a small chapel cared for by the Franciscan order of friars since 1933 and built over an area of rock right on the water's edge commemorating the Resurrection appearance of Jesus to his disciples. They had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. There is an ancient tradition that this was the rock upon which Jesus prepared breakfast for them and after the meal Jesus commissioned Peter with the words 'Feed my sheep'. On our arrival one of the Fransiscan friars prepared an outdoor altar close to the rock and we celebrated the Holy Eucharist together.

As far back as the year 383 a pilgrim nun called Egeria mentions in her journal when she visited this site, some steps upon which Jesus stood. And as a group we pause for a moment at our Eucharist close to those same steps cut into the south face of the rock near the water's edge and we listened to words from John's Gospel (chapter 21). In the discussion over a cup of tea that followed, one member of the group mentioned how odd it was for Jesus to order the disciples to do something that was completely strange - casting a fishing net in daylight! The miraculous catch of fish on that day was not down to the fishermen's skills but rather, down to the fishermen's obedience to Christ's word. It is not always easy for us to understand the meaning and significance of Christ's words today - often they may be different to what we expect but as we, like the fishermen, obey those words we may well come to recognise that we are in fact doing God's will.

So we head back to the Scottish convent before returning south to Jerusalem tomorrow when we will stop en route at Nablus (Jacob's Well) and Mount Tabor (the Transfiguration).

The Weight of a Snowflake - a reflection on Remembrance Sunday and the close of COP 26 - all our efforts and voices essential

'Tell me the weight of a snowflake?',
a coaltit asked a dove.
'Nothing more than nothing', was the answer.

'In that case, I must tell you
a marvellous story', the coaltit said.
'I sat on the branch of a fir, close to its trunk,
when it began to snow
- not heavily, nor in a raging blizzard:
no, just like a dream, without a sound
and without any violence'.

Since I did not have anything better to do,
I counted the snowflakes settling quietly
on the twigs and needles of my branch.
The number was exactly 3,741,952.
When the 3,741,953rd dropped onto the branch
- nothing more than nothing, as you say
- the branch brokeoff!'.
Having said that the coaltit flew away.

The dove, since Noah's time
an authority on the matter,
thought about the story for a while,
and finally said to herself,
'Perhaps the truth of the matter is this:
there is only one person's voice
lacking for peace to come to the world......'
('New Fables, Thus spoke the Marabou' by Kurt Kaufer)

my voice, your voice,
Here is the links to the Diocesan website where you can click to read the Bishop's letter (Y Ddolen) and more material:

With much love
Andrew x


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