Bede was born near St. Peter and St. Paul monastery at Wearmouth, Jarrow, England. He was sent there when he was three and educated by Abbots Benedict Biscop and Ceolfrid. He became a monk at the monastery, was ordained when thirty, and except for a few brief visits elsewhere, spent all of his life in the monastery, devoting himself to the study of Scripture and to teaching and writing.

He is considered one of the most learned men of his time and a major influence on English literature. His writings are a summary of the learning of his time and include commentaries on various books of the Bible.

His feast day is May 25th.


O Christ, our Morning star,

Splendour of Light Eternal, shining with the glory of the rainbow, come and waken us from the greyness of our apathy, and renew in us your gift of hope.