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|−|Our father among the [[saint]]s '''[[ Gregory Palamas]]''' ( 1296- 1359), [[ Archbishop]] of Thessalonica, was a [[monk]] of [[ Mount Athos]] in Greece (at [[Vatopedi Monastery ( Athos) |Vatopedi Monastery]] and [[ Esphigmenou Monastery (Athos)|Esphigmenou Monastery]]), and later became Archbishop of Thessalonica. He was a preeminent theologian and a proponent of [[ hesychasm|hesychastic]] theology. His [[feast day]] s in the Church are [[November 14]] and the second Sunday of [[ Great Lent]]. |+|
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|−|He maintained the Orthodox doctrine that it remains impossible to know God in his essence (God in himself), but possible to know God in his energies (to know what God does, and who he is in relation to the creation and to man), as God reveals himself to humanity. In doing so, he made reference to the [[ Cappadocian Fathers]] and other early Christian writers. |+|
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|−|He continually stressed the [[Holy Scriptures|Biblical]] vision of the human person as a united whole, both body and soul. Thus, he argued that the physical side of hesychastic prayer was an integral part of the contemplative [[monastic]] way, and that the claim by some of the monks of seeing the uncreated light was indeed legitimate. Like St. [[Simeon the New Theologian]], he also laid great stress in his spiritual teaching on the vision of the divine light. |+|
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The Venerable Bede (c. 672 - May 25, 735) was a monk at the Northumbrian monastery of St. Peter at Wearmouth (today part of Sunderland), and of its daughter monastery, St. Paul's, in modern Jarrow. He is well known as an author and scholar, whose best-known work is Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People), which gained him the title The Father of English History. Saint Bede wrote on many other topics, from music and musical metrics to scripture commentaries. His feast day is observed on May 25 or May 27.
The Venerable Bede's commentaries on Holy Scriptures owed much to other patristic sources, as he often inserted long quotations from other Latin Fathers, especially Pope St. Gregory the Great, St. Augustine of Hippo, and St. Jerome. In addition to two books of homilies on the Gospel pericopes of the liturgical year, the great monk of Wearmouth's surviving works include verse-by-verse commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles, the Seven Catholic Epistles, and The Explanation of the Apocalypse. His commentaries on the Pauline Epistles are contained in The Biblical Miscellany. He also compiled St. Augustine's commentary on the Pauline Epistles into a single volume that follows their order in our present canon. His allegorical interpretations of the Old Testament survive in two works: On the Temple and On the Tabernacle.
- "Better a stupid and unlettered brother who, working the good things he knows, merits life in Heaven than one who though being distinguished for his learning in the Scriptures, or even holding the place of a doctor, lacks the bread of love."
- —St. Bede the Venerable
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