Saints’ days — The Venerable Bede

I received a wonderful gift from my mother when I began studying Latin — a Daily Missal published in 1956 (that’s pre-Vatican II for those of you keeping count).  I completely fell down on the job with commemorating The Venerable Bede, whose feast day is May 27th.  (In my “day job,” Anglo-Saxon stuff is a rather a big deal to me.)  So here’s the entry for Bede.

St. Bede the Venerable, Confessor.

St. Bede who lived in the 8th century was a member of the Order of St. Benedict.. Because of the enormous amount of his writings, full of sound doctrine, he was called “Venerable” while still living.  He is rightly called “The Father of English History.”  He died in 735.

Prayer: O God, Who dost glorify They Church by the learning of Blessed Bede, Thy Confessor and Doctor, mercifully grant Thy servants always to be enlightened by his wisdom, and helped by his merits.  Through our Lord, etc.  [the angels praise thy majesty, the dominations adore, the powers are in awe, the virtues of highest heaven and the blessed seraphim unite in blissful exultation.  With them, we pray Thee, grant that our voices too may blend, saying in adoring praise: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts.  Heaven and Earth are filled with Thy glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.]

2nd prayer, Secret and Postcommunion of St. John, Pope and Martyr, from the Mass of One or More Supreme Pontiffs, p. 857.

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