St Winefride's Well

Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7PN, North Wales


Meaning of Holywell Pt2

In the words of the ancient Litany of St Winefride:


That through thy pious intercession we may receive perfect health of our souls and bodies,

O holy Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.


Now if Christ be preached, that He arose again from the dead, how do some among you say, that there is no resurrection of the dead?

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ be not risen again...

And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain, for you are yet in your sins.

Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ, are perished...

But now Christ is risen from the dead, the first-fruits of them that sleep:

For by a man came death, and by a man the resurrection of the dead.

And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.


(I Corinthians 15: 12-13, 17-18, 20-22)




O blessed Winefride, pure virgin and glorious martyr, so especially chosen, so divinely graced and so wonderfully restored from death to life! Hope of all that fly unto thee with full confidence and humility! We, though, unworthy, yet thy devoted pilgrims, make our petitions unto thee. Sanctuary of piety, look upon us with patient eyes; receive our prayers, accept our offerings, and present our supplications at the throne of mercy, that through thy powerful intercessions God may be pleased to bless our pilgrimage, and to grant our requests and desires; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Left Picture - Statue of St Winefride overlooking the spring in the Well Crypt. The prayer this photograph illustrates has been said at the shrine for Centuries. It sums up perfectly everything that St Winefride's Well has meant to so many for so long.