Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Venerable Bede

May 25 is the feast of St. Bede the Venerable--being called the Venerable Bede does not indicate that he has not been canonized--the author of the Ecclesiatical History of the English Peoples, the Father of English history. He also wrote many scripture commentaries, other chronicles, the lives of abbots and saints, and poetry. Saint Bede is the only English Doctor of the Church (although I hope that after Blessed John Henry Newman is canonized, he will become the second English Doctor of the Church).

His tomb at Durham Cathedral was destroyed in 1541, but his bones were found and a tomb rebuilt for him in the 19th century. We can attempt to experience his world at Bede's World in Jarrow, an interactive museum, which includes access to St. Paul's Anglican church and the ruins of the monastery.

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