St. Osmund - Lectern Frontal LF963
Artwork by the
Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey
Translation of his relics commemorated 16th July.
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.
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.
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