Re-posting below a biography of our patron and a prayer I hobbled together from a couple of sources.
As this inaugural group of St. John’s oblates of the Chapter of St. Benet moves forward from its humble beginnings, I thought it might be helpful to give an idea of the kind of life St. Benet would have known as he grew up. The photo of the village is made up of the typical buildings that housed Northumbrians in that period. (The paved circular drive might be a tad anachronistic.) Though the young Biscop was of a noble family, this didn’t mean he lived in anything like a stone or marble palace. Northumbria was a prosperous part of Europe in the seventh-through-the-ninth centuries (before the turmoil caused by the arrival of the Danes). But it had its marches-of-the-civilized-West elements, which makes the spiritual, cultural, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments of Sts. Benet and Bede all the more impressive.
The photo of the chancel is of the part of St. Paul’s Church (CofE), Jarrow that existed in Bede’s day. The English of that period didn’t build stone structures. So St. Benet’s buildings were wondrous to behold and—those parts of them still standing—still are.