Saturday, July 14, 2007

Saints: The Venerable Bede

Bede's tomb in Durham Cathedral, England

Talk about staying put! Bede really knew how to do that. At age seven Bede's parents put him in a monastery at Jarrow in northeastern England. This was supposed to be temporary for his education, but Bede wound up staying there until his death in 735 A.D. This was obviously the life for him, and it gave him great joy to study, teach, write and sing.

Bede was ordained priest at the age of thirty and died doing what loved most - writing. His book The Ecclesiastical History of England, is still on the market and I recommend it highly. In it we have stories of lives of the saints and a primary source for history in England from the year 597 to 731 A.D.

Heavenly Father, you called your servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to your service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship: Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of your truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make you known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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