Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Bede the Venerable.
Here's what you need to know....
Around the age of seven, Bede was sent, as an oblatus, to a local monastery of by his family to be educated (which means his parents pretty much gave him over to the care of the monastery).
It was a common practice in Ireland at that time for young boys, particularly those of noble birth, to be fostered out as an oblate.
Bede was very smart and showed great promise as a youth. He was ordained a deacon at 19 instead of the normal 25, and was ordained a priest by 30.
BEDE THE BRILLIANT
Except for a few visits to other monasteries, his entire life was spent in an around the Monastery of St. Paul, Jarrow - reading, writing, and studying Scripture.
He was considered the best scholar of his time.
Besides the many books that he copied, he composed 45 of his own, including 30 commentaries on books of the Bible.
His Ecclesiastical History of the English People is considered his master work. It's a historical account of Christianity in England up to 729 and is a primary source of early English history.
He was also the first scholar to begin dating events anno domini (A.D.).
THE GREAT "BEDE"YOND
Legend says as Bede lay dying on the floor of his cell, he sang "Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit" as he took his last breath and died.
He died on the Feast of the Ascension, 735.
In 1899, Pope Leo XIII declared him a Doctor of the Church. He is the only native of Great Britain to achieve this designation.
St. Bede is the patron Saint of scholars and historians.
St. Bede, ora pro nobis!