Bede was placed in the monastery for training as a very young child. Throughout his life he was utterly gentle, wholly devoted to his monastic life, humble, but with a razor-sharp mind and a generous spirit. He never involved himself in politics or in controversy, did not wander about, and his holiness and wisdom came to be celebrated across Europe, both before and after his death.
Benedict, who founded the monastery, was of noble birth and of such wide learning and culture that he later had tremendous influence on the entire Church in England. He was a Greek and Latin scholar who taught theology, astronomy, art, and music. He brought back vestments and treasured furnishings for the monastery church
whenever he travelled to Rome and the Continent. He imported stone-masons and glaziers from Gaul so they could build his monastery of stone and teach their trades to the English. He even brought John the Arch-Cantor from Saint Peter’s in Rome to teach his monks the liturgical chant – something that affected the whole future of English
Bede’s body was laid to rest in his monastery church, but about the year 1020, a Durham monk stole the relics and brought them secretly to Durham where they were placed in the tomb along with the remains of Saint Cuthbert. In
1370, they were translated to a splendid new tomb in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral where they rest to this
day. [See photo above]
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