Hymns and praise of love on St Dwynwen’s Day on S4C

St Dwynwen’s Day special on S4C - The programme's presenter, Rhys Meirion
St Dwynwen’s Day special on S4C - The programme's presenter, Rhys Meirion

The popular Sunday evening series Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol will celebrate one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith – Love – in a St Dwynwen’s Day special on S4C.

St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of love and so Love is a natural theme for that Sunday evening.

St Dwynwen’s Day special on S4C - The programme's presenter, Rhys Meirion
St Dwynwen’s Day special on S4C – The programme’s presenter, Rhys Meirion

The worship and hymn singing series starts on  January 25 at 7pm instead of 8pm, as it will for the following weeks, and is part of an evening which also includes new documentaries Cymru ar Ffilm and Arctig Gwyllt Iolo Williams and drama series Gwaith/Cartref.

The programme’s presenter, Rhys Meirion says, “This special episode – broadcast at an earlier time – celebrates the power of love within the Christian faith. The episode is full of personal stories about the importance of love, and hymns which praise God as the creator of love.”

Rhys will meet two couples from the Bala area who talk about their love for each other and their faith. Pembrokeshire singer Lowri Evans will sing an acoustic version of the inspirational hymn, ‘Dyma gariad fel y moroedd’ and the communal singing will come from Horeb Chapel, Colwyn Bay. We will also enjoy a performance of ‘Ffydd, Gobaith, Cariad’ by Aelwyd Urdd Penllys which was premiered at last year’s Urdd Eisteddfod in Bala.

The first couple on the programme are Siân and Owain Edwards who have been married for over 23 years.

They run the Bala College Centre where they hold residential and day courses for children, young people and adults. They lead full lives as they are also busy parents and Owain is a GP.

Siân says, “I think the secret to our love is that Jesus Christ is at the centre of our lives; we are good friends and we can work together.”
Rhys will also meet Arthur and Nerys Rowlands who found love in later life. They will talk about love on the banks of Maes y Clawdd lake, Cefnddwysarn near Bala where Arthur asked Nerys to marry him over three years ago. We hear how they met in a retreat organised by the Christian Healing Ministry.

Upcoming programmes include a portrait of the talented choir leader Islwyn Evans; a programme from Ystradgynlais focusing on the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike and a special St David’s Day programme from St David’s.  In addition to renowned tenor Rhys Meirion, Alwyn Humphreys and Rhodri Darcy will also present programmes during 2015.

January 25 is St Dwynwen’s Day – the Welsh patron saint of love. Visit Anglesey are sponsoring the day on S4C.


Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol

Sunday,  January 25, 7pm, S4C

Also, Wednesday afternoon 1.30pm, S4C with English subtitles