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St. Bede the Venerable

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Saint Bede the Venerable: Biography and Online Writings


St. Bede, born around 673AD in the northeast area of what is now England, entered the Benedictine monastery of Warmouth at age 7.  Celtic monasticism had existed in the British isles for centuries, but Benedictine Monasticism was a rather recent arrival when Bede entered monastic life.  He devoted himself from the time he entered the monastery to prayer, the study of Scripture and history, and ultimately teaching and writing after becoming a deacon and then a priest.  Even in his lifetime he was renowned for the greatness of his biblical teaching and historical writing for which he is known as the father of British history.  There is much about the early secular and ecclesiastical history of the British isles that we would simply not know were it not for the writings of Saint Bede.  It was not long after his death in 735 AD that Bede was given the popular title "Venerable."  Known as one of the last Fathers of the Church, he was also according the title of Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII in 1899.  His tomb is located in the beautiful Anglican cathedral of Durham, which dates back to Norman times and also houses the relics of another great saint of early Britain, Saint Cuthbert.

The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They MatterFathers of the Church Early Church Fathers CD by Marcellino D'Ambrosio

In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and fascinating stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers.  Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most pressing questions of our day.  In this dynamic talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us. 

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Chosen Race, Royal Priesthood -- St. Bede Easter Season,
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Mary's Magnificat-Venerable Bede Early Church Fathers,
Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings,
Prayer and Spirituality,
Blessed Virgin Mary
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Matthew the Tax Collector--Venerable Bede Early Church Fathers,
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Catholic Saints
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St John the Baptist, the Forerunner-St Bede Catholic Saints Yes Download
Visitation -- Mary's Soul Proclaims God's Greatness (St. Bede) Early Church Fathers,
Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings,
Blessed Virgin Mary
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