St Bede spent his life as a Benedictine monk between the twin monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow. He lived from 673 to 735 AD, and wrote prolifically, including the first ever martyrology. His bones have rested in Durham Cathedral since the year 1022, having been brought there from Jarrow. In the fourteen century they were moved, inside the Cathedral, to the Galilee Chapel, where his shrine can still be visited.

Before his death, he is said to have composed this short poem, which in modern English reads: ‘Before setting forth on that inevitable journey, none is wiser than the man who considers – before his soul departs hence – what good or evil he has done, and what judgement his soul will receive after its passing’.

May he pray for us, in our own journey, that God may lead us finally to Himself, and may He bless you this day.