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May 27, 2015

Venerable Bede, Presbyter. (A.D. 673-735). Monk of Wearmouth and Jarrow. He was the great teacher and writer of the Anglo-Saxon Church; of saintly character and extraordinary scope of acquirements; author of The Ecclesiastical History of the English Church, Lives of Saints and Martyrology, Commentaries on the Old and New Testament, and translations into the vernacular, on which (the Gospel of St. John) he was engaged on the very day of his death, besides hymns and some scientific works. The epithet (Venerable), according to an old legend, was inserted by an angelic hand in his epitaph.–“Hae sunt in fossa Bædæ venerabilis ossa.” — May 27th.

His tomb in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral. Photos by the author.


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