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The Deacon's Bench

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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