Saint Bede the Venerable is the patron saint of scholars. He is one of the few saints that was honored during his lifetime and after. His writings were filled with such faith that a church council ordered them to be read publicly in the churches. Saint Bede was deeply interesting in all the sciences of his time : natural philosophy, the philosophical principles of Aristotle, astronomy, arithmetic, grammar, ecclesiastical history, the lives of saints and of course the Holy Scripture. Saint Bede was ordained a deacon at age 19 and a priest at 30. He wrote 45 books, 30 being commentaries on books of the Bible. Saint Bede also worked on a translation of the Gospel of John into English, eventually completing it on the day of his death. Saint Bede the Venerable died in year 735, praying his favorite prayer : “ Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As in the beginning, so now and forever.”
Saint Bede we call upon you during these times to help us stay faithful to the Lord. You have enlightened the church with your love and teachings. Support us so that we may learn from your wisdom and benefit from your prayers. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.