St. Bede the Venerable

St. Bede the Venerable Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 05/25
Tridentine Calendar - 05/27


Patron Of: Lectors

Also known as

    * Venerable Bede
    * Father of English History

Memorial

    * 25 May
    * formerly 27 May

Profile

    Born around the time England was finally completely Christianized. Raised from age seven in the abbey of Saints Peter and Paul at Wearmouth-Jarrow, and lived there the rest of his life. Benedictine monk. Spiritual student of the founder, Saint Benedict Biscop. Ordained in 702 by Saint John of Beverley. Teacher and author, he wrote about history, rhetoric, mathematics, music, astronomy, poetry, grammar, philosophy, hagiography, homiletics, and Bible commentary.

    He was known as the most learned man of his day, and his writings started the idea of dating this era from the incarnation of Christ. The central theme of Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica is of the Church using the power of its spiritual, doctrinal, and cultural unity to stamp out violence and barbarism. Our knowledge of England before the 8th century is mainly the result of Bede’s writing. He was declared a Doctor of the Church on 13 November 1899 by Pope Leo XIII.

Born

    * 672 at Wearmouth, England

Died

    * 25 May 735 of natural causes

Canonized

    * 1899 by Pope Leo XIII

Patronage

    * lectors

Prayers

    * Prayer to Saint Bede

Representation

    * monk writing at a desk
    * old monk dying amidst his community
    * old monk with a book and pen
    * old monk with a jug

 



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