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St. Greg the Great

posted by jmcgee

368941542_cb66c505fc.jpgToday is the feast day of my patron, St. Gregory the Great — who, among many other things, was a writer and a deacon before he went on to becoming a pope and earning the title “great.” (When my wife wished me a “happy feast day” this morning, I told her: “Heh. He was Greg the Great. On a good day, I’m Greg the Adequate.”)

You can read more about this remarkable pope here.

Below is the concluding prayer from today’s Liturgy of the Hours.

God our Father,
your rule is a rule of love,
your providence is full of mercy for your people.
Through the intercession of Saint Gregory
grant the spirit of wisdom to those you have placed in authority,
so that the spiritual growth of the people may bring eternal joy to the pastors.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Amen.



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Dante

posted September 3, 2010 at 11:35 am


Happy Feast Day, Deacon Greg! Today saint was truly amazing and “Great”. I have never found out if he became pope when deacon or if he had been ordained priest beforehand. Also, according to Butler’s “Lives of the Saints” (know for its hardcore historicity) St. Gregory had 2 pope among his ancestors, with one having been his great grandfather (see Butlers entry for March 12, St. Gregory’s feast in the pre-Vatican II calendar). Interesting saint who did so much for the Church.



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Andrew

posted September 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm


Yes, pray that we have more Popes like Gregory!



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Dave Maurer

posted September 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm


Dante:
At least one biography mentions that the Saint was ordained a priest in 590 so that he could become pope (http://catholicism.org/gregory-great.html).
Amazing that he was acclaimed abbot and elected pope as a deacon; the Holy Spirit works! Yes, let’s pray for our present Holy Father and our future popes that may be true Servants of the Servants of God.



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Andre John

posted September 4, 2010 at 1:06 am


Thanks for the Gregorian Calendar, the Gregorian chants/music, etc…
St. Gregory the Great, pray for us.



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