Llanrug (1859)

The 2ist of August, 1859, was a red-letter Sunday in the Llanddetfiiolen district. On Monday morning the amazing news was blazed abroad that overpowering spiritual forces had descended the previous evening on every congregation in the neighbourhood, viz. those of Cefnywaun, Ebenezer, Dinorwic, Sardis, Rhydfawr, Rehoboth, and Llanrug, as an earthquake shock might simultaneously affect a group of villages in a territory three miles square.

After this, whenever one might go abroad, he would hear the rocks redoubling songs and supplications to the hills, and them to heaven. One told us he was passing through Llanrug at three in the morning and surprised to find the chapel lit up, he went in and found a congregation white-hot with flaming '' rapture," like a bush that burned with fire and was not consumed.

From, 'The '59 Revival', by J J Morgan, page 140.

From Llanrug, near Carnarvon, we hear the following tidings:—" More than 140 persons have been added to us in one month, and although the great excitement does not continue, I trust we shall go on increasing." Later...

The Rev. Mr Griffith, in communicating information re­specting the awakening at Llanrug and Cwm-y-Glo, states the following facts

"The drunkards, swearers, and Sabbath-breakers are now seeking pardon from that merciful God whom they have offended, and are endeavouring to flee from the wrath to come. One hardened young man, who often got drunk, said to some of his companions that this wonderful work would not cause him to forsake his evil ways; but in less than half-an-hour he was seized with a feeling that caused him to cry out for mercy, or he would eternally perish. He is now amongst them a sinner saved through grace. Another young man said he would get something to drink, so as to be fit to persecute those of his acquaintances that he knew were assembled there. He approached the place and shouted, I am Saul of Tarsus coming to persecute you, lads;’ but before he left the place he became sober enough, and began to cry for mercy, and was laid low at the foot of the Cross."

From ‘The Welsh Revival’ by Thomas Phillips.

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