St. Osmund - Display Board 963
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Osmund of Salisbury, Bishop.
A Norman nobleman related to William the Conqueror he was appointed Bishop of Salisbury in 1078. He helped compile the census known as the Domesday Book and was present at the council of Sarum when the King was presented with its results.
Osmund helped complete the cathedral for the See of Salisbury in Old Sarum and founded the cathedral chapter of canons and a school for clerics, these became the norm in English cathedrals. He also drew together the books governing liturgical use for the diocese including the rite of the Mass and Divine Office, the so called Sarum Use or liturgy on which the first Book of Common Prayer was based.
Osmund was a keen collector of manuscripts for the cathedral library and also copied and bound books as well as authoring a life of St. Aldhelm. He died in 1099 and was buried in the cathedral his body and tomb were translated to the new cathedral at Salisbury in 1226.
Feastday 4th December.
Translation of his relics commemorated 16th July.
Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey.
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