Book of Saints – Bede


BEDE (VENERABLE) (Saint) Doctor (May 27) of the Church. (8th century) The Venerable Bede, styled by Leland “the chiefest and brightest ornament of the English nation,” born A.D. 673, was a Northumbrian. He was educated at Jarrow, where he embraced the monastic life under Saint Benet Biscop, and was ordained priest by Saint John of Beverley. Well versed in the Latin and Greek languages, and for his time a fair poet, he has left prose works on the most varied subjects, ranging from clever expositions of the science of his day to noble commentaries on Holy Scripture. His Church History of the English has earned him the title of “Father of English History.” It is a plain unadorned chronicle ; but that the author was thoroughly honest and most painstaking is evident to any reader. Saint Bede was famous not only for his rare learning, but still more so for the holiness of his life. The account of his death (A.D. 735), which took place on Ascension Eve, written by one of his pupils, is touching in its loving simplicity. Bede’s last words were “Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritni Sancto.” Trithemius supposed that the prefix ” Venerable,” universally given to Saint Bede, came from the circumstance that his Homilies were read in churches during his lifetime, as the most respectful appellation of one who had no claim as yet to the title of Saint; but it is now generally accepted that it was first used by Amalarius and other ninth century writers long after Saint Bede had acquired the honours due to a Saint. Saint Bede’s remains were enshrined in Durham Cathedral.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Bede”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 August 2012. Web. 29 October 2020. <>