Saint Gregory the Great, also known as Pope Gregory I during his time, was the leader of the Catholic Church from September 590 to his death in March 604. As Santo Papa, he led the Gregorian Mission—Rome’s first-ever large-scale mission to convert the pagan Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity.
Growing up to a father who was a Roman senator, Gregory has always found his calling in public service. At age 30, he was already the Prefect of Rome and after a couple more decades, he was named as the first pope who came from a monastic background.
During his papacy, Gregory prioritized the improvement of the welfare of the people of Rome and challenged the theological views of Patriarch Eutychius of Constantinople before Emperor Tiberius II. His leadership also played a significant part in the development of medieval Europe, as he led the realignment of Franks, Lombards, and Visigoths with Rome in terms of religion.
Gregory’s exceptional contributions in the history of Catholicism has allowed him to be recognized as a Doctor of the Church and one of the Latin Fathers. (Read: Prayer to St. Anthony of Padua, a Priest and Doctor) In fact, immediately after his death, he was canonized by popular acclaim and was named patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers.
On his feast day today, September 3, let us reach out to the great saint and pope of Catholic history.
Prayer to St. Gregory the Great
Father, you guide your people with kindness and govern us with love. By the prayers of Saint Gregory give the spirit of wisdom to those you have called to lead your Church.
May growth of your people in holiness be the eternal joy of your shepherds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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