St. Bede, the Venerable

May 25, St. Bede, the Venerable – (LBW June 9) Born: 672/3, Northumbria, England – Died: May 25, 735, near Newcastle, England – The Venerable Bede was the first English church historian. He was a monk at the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter at Wearmouth (today part of Sunderland), and of its daughter monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow. Bede is well known as an author and scholar. His most famous work is Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People), which gained him the title “The father of English History.” Bede also wrote on many other topics, from music and metrics to scripture commentaries.

“I have devoted my energies to a study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight.” ¬†Bede

 

A hymn of glory let us sing;

New songs throughout the world shall ring:

Christ, by a road before untrod,

Now rises to the throne of God. ~Bede