St David of Scotland became known as a kind, just and liberal king

St David of Scotland

Celebrated on May 24th


Scotland’s greatest king was the sixth and youngest son of St Margaret of Scotland and Malcolm III, born in 1085. He married Matilda daughter of Waldef, the Anglo-Saxon Earl of Northampton and Huntingdon which gave him a claim to the earldom Northumberland.

For many years he waged a long and unsuccessful war against England, but after being crowned king of Scotland in 1124, around the age of 40, he devoted his life to peaceful activities and became known as a kind, just and liberal king.

Historians say he was responsible for making Scotland into a modern nation, by reforming the legal system and public administration and encouraging trade and the foundation of towns. He also encouraged the Scottish church to establish a system of dioceses. Under his rule many monasteries, hospitals and almshouses were founded.

David prayed the Divine Office daily, received Communion each week and gave generous alms to the poor - often in person as his mother had done. He died on this day in 1153 and was buried at Dunfermline. His shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage until the Reformation. One of the patron saints of Scotland, many churches are named after him.
(from ICN)


St. David of Scotland, pray for us!


If anyone has a collect specifically for this saint, please post it or a link to it here.
You’d think he would have one as he is important in Scots history and is featured, along with other important Scottish saints, on the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh website. Yet, when I checked the Scottish liturgical calendar, he doesn’t even appear to be listed for this day as an optional local memorial or anything. I’m quite confused.

My Weekday Missal shows the National Calendar for Scotland , but St David is not mentioned .

This article below says that he was on some old Scottish calendars .

Yes, I would imagine he might be in some old Scots missals.
The Sarum Missal is the old missal for England that’s most readily available. It contains some saints for Scotland (and Wales, Ireland, other places). Unfortunately, he did not make it in there.
There are holy cards for him, and sometimes those will have a collect prayer on the back, but not in this case.

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