Evan Roberts memorial and grave, Loughor

Link to French translationEvan Roberts memorial and grave, Loughor

In the grounds of Moriah Chapel stands a column commemorating the 1904-1905 Revival and one of its most significant figures, Evan Roberts (1878-1951). The column was erected in 1953, to commemorate the Revival’s 50th anniversary the following year. Evan Roberts was born in 1878, not 1879 as inscribed on the memorial.

The Welsh inscription on the column translates as:

handwriting_on_evan_roberts_memorial
MEMORIAL COLUMN
THE
1904  REVIVAL 1905
AND
THE
REVIVALIST
EVAN ROBERTS
1878            1951
A MAN OF GOD AND THE WORD OF GOD
THE WELSH REVIVAL
COMMUNITIES ON THEIR KNEES! WHAT IS THIS?
HOPE FOR A SPOTLESS AGE:
SOULS TURNING; GOD DEALING
THE OPENING OF THE HEARTS OF THE ORDINARY PEOPLE.
E.W.

THANKS BE TO HIM
FOR REMEMBERING THE DUST OF THE EARTH.
REPENT AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
ACTS 2:38

On the back of the memorial column can be seen a facsimile of Evan Roberts’ words, in his own hand (pictured left). It reads:

Dear Friend,
God loves you. Therefore Seek Him diligently, Pray to Him earnestly. Read His Word constantly.
Yours in the Gospel
Evan Roberts

evan_roberts_family_graveThe words “Gloria Deo” on the side of the memorial remind us that the glory for the Revival should be given to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Evan Roberts was a very humble man and wanted all praise to be given to God.

The Roberts family grave (pictured left) is behind the chapel. Evan and his eldest sister Sarah were both single. Their parents Henry and Hannah are also buried in the grave, along with siblings Dan and May. Dan went to America to preach the gospel and was buried here with his wife Lil.

May was buried here with her husband Sidney. They had been missionaries in Cherrapunji, India, where Sidney became the principal of the Theological College. On the grave are also inscribed the words “Asleep In Jesus” and “Until He Comes”.

With thanks to Bethan Jones

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