It is to St Bede that we owe the tremendous ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’. Here is the final paragraph of the Introduction to this work, written by the author himself: ‘I beseech all men who shall hear or read this history of our nation, that for my manifold infirmities both of mind and body, they will offer up frequent supplications to the throne of Grace. And I further pray, that in recompense for the labour wherewith I have recorded in the several countries and cities those events which were most worthy of note, and most grateful to the ears of their inhabitants, I may for my reward have the benefit of their pious prayers’. He describes himself as a ‘servant of God and Priest’.

May he pray for us, in all that befalls the Church today, that we might follow the path which he traced for us with such distinction. May God bless you.