Ordinary Time: September 3rd
St. Gregory, senator and prefect of Rome, then in succession monk,
cardinal and pope, governed the Church from 590 to 604.
After seeing English children being sold as slaves in Rome, he sent
40 monks, including St. Augustine of Canterbury, from his own
monastery to make "the Angles angels." England owes her conversion
to him. At a period when the invasion of the barbarian Lombards
created a new situation in Europe, he played a great part in winning
them for Christ. When Rome itself was under attack, he personally
went to interview the Lombard King.
At the same time he watched over the holiness of the clergy and
preserved ecclesiastical discipline, as well as attending to the
temporal interests of his people of Rome and the spiritual interests
of the whole of Christendom.
To him the liturgy owes several of its finest prayers, and the name
"Gregorian chant" recalls this great Pope's work in the development
of the Church's chant. His commentaries on Holy Scripture exercised
a considerable influence on Christian thought, particularly in the
Middle Ages. Together with St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and St.
Jerome, he is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church.