Bede’s parents brought him to the monastery at Jarrow at the age of seven. He spent the remainder of his life there. The Venerable Bede (673-735) is the greatest scholar of Saxon England, having produced 37 works. He is sometimes called the father of English history. His Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation is the source of most information on English history to the year 731. He died while dictating a translation of the Gospel of St. John.
I pray you, noble Jesu, that as You have graciously granted me joyfully to imbibe the words of Your knowledge, so You will also of Your bounty grant me to come at length to Yourself the Fount of all wisdom, and to dwell in Your presence forever.
Our Father in heaven,
Jacob’s sheep and goats looked at the spotted tree branches at the watering trough and gave birth to spotted offspring. Bede imbibed the words of Your knowledge, and the words of his heart reflected Your glory. We praise Your holy name, and we thank You for his life and ministry.
We pray that the scholars of the Church of England will in like manner drink deeply of Your words of knowledge and wisdom. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. May godly counsel be drawn out for the establishment of Your kingdom in the Church of England as it is in heaven. Amen. Amen.