The Shrine of Saint Bede the Venerable

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    St Bede, known as the ‘Venerable Bede’, was born in Monkton, Jarrow in the year 673. At the age of seven he was sent to live at St Peter’s monastery in Wearmouth and later moved to the new foundation of St Paul in Jarrow. He remained there for the rest of his life, travelling no further than Hexham, Lindisfarne and York. Bede’s scholarship was renowned throughout Europe. St Boniface wrote that he “shone forth as a lantern in the Church”. Bede himself tells us that he always “took delight” in learning and teaching. St Bede’s most famous work is his “Ecclesiastical History of the English people”. Still widely read, the work is one of the most important primary sources for the history of Anglo-Saxon England. His other works included scriptural commentaries, two lives of St Cuthbert, books on chronology and nature and the first martyrology. He was the first writer to adopt the 'Anno Domini' dating system. His last work was a translation of St John’s Gospel into Old English and a touching account of his death in 735 exists in a letter by Cuthbert, who became Abbot of Jarrow. His body was moved from Jarrow to Durham Cathedral around 1020, where it was placed in the same tomb with Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Later Bede's remains were moved to a shrine in the Galilee Chapel at Durham Cathedral in 1370. The shrine was destroyed during the English Reformation, but the bones were reburied in the chapel. In 1831 the bones were dug up and then re-buried in the current tomb shown here. In 1899 St Bede was declared a Doctor of the Church, the only Englishman so named. He is also the only Englishman in Dante's Paradise (Paradiso X.130), mentioned among theologians and doctors of the church in the same canto as Isidore of Seville and the Scot Richard of St. Victor. Today, 25 May, is his feast day. My sermon for today can be read http://lawrenceop.tumblr.com/post/51292703256/homily-for-saturday-7th-week-per-annum-i-sir" >here.
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    Lawrence OP
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/35409814@N00/8823123846/
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 7 years, 3 months ago
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