"Even on the day
of his death (the vigil of the Ascension, 735) the saint was still busy
dictating a translation of the Gospel of St. John. In the evening
the boy Wilbert, who was writing it, said to him: 'There is still one
sentence, dear master, which is not written down.' And when this
had been supplied, and the boy had told him it was finished, 'Thou hast
spoken truth,' Bede answered, 'it is finished. Take my head in thy hands
for it much delights me to sit opposite any holy place where I used to
pray, that so sitting I may call upon my Father.' And thus upon
the floor of his cell singing, 'Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Ghost' and the rest, he peacefully breathed his last
-Cuthbert, a disciple of
the Venerable Bede
(Note: not Cuthbert
Venerable Bede Translates John" is a painting by J. D. Penrose
in An Outline of Christianity: The Story of Our Civilization,
Vol. II (New York: Bethlehem Publishers, Inc., 1926), p. 204.
Logo & Layout Copyright ©
2005 S.G.P. All rights reserved.
Photo © Irish Tourist Board.