(Welsh: Asa; Latin: Asaphus; English: Asaph)
Prince Asaph was the son of King
Sawyl Penuchel (the Arrogant) of the Southern Pennines. He was still a lad
when he fled to North Wales with his father. From Tegeingl he was sent as
a disciple to his distant cousin, St. Kentigern at Llanelwy (St. Asaphs).
One day, after Kentigern had been reciting the psalter naked in an icy
lake, he asked the young Asaph to bring him some burning coals in order to
warm himself. Asaph arrived carrying them in the skirts of his robe with
not a sign of burning. Ever afterward the two saints would argue over who
the Lord was honouring with such a miracle. When Kentigern was summoned
back to Strathclyde, Asaph was appointed Bishop of Llanelwy by popular
demand. In later years he founded a second monastery at Llanasa in Powys.
He died there on 1st May AD 601.
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