Saturday Saints- #60

The letter for today’s saint is G.  Our saint for today reaches back when the first cracks between the Western and Eastern Church were starting to form. Fortunately, he was not one that contributed to the eventual schism, and in fact is well respected in both West and East. Our saint is Pope Gregory the First:

Pope Gregory I (Latin: Gregorius I; c. 540 – 12 March 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, was Pope from 3 September 590 to his death in 604. Gregory is well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. He is also known as St. Gregory the Dialogist in Eastern Christianity because of his Dialogues. For this reason, English translations of Eastern texts will sometimes list him as “Gregory Dialogus”.

Throughout the Middle Ages he was known as “the Father of Christian Worship” because of his exceptional efforts in revising the Roman worship of his day. His contributions to the development of the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, still in use in the Byzantine Rite, were so significant that he is generally recognized as its de facto author.

He was the first of the popes to come from a monastic background. Gregory is a Doctor of the Church and one of the Latin Fathers. He is considered a saint in the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, and some Lutheran churches. Immediately after his death, Gregory was canonized by popular acclaim. The Protestant reformer John Calvin admired Gregory and declared in his Institutes that Gregory was the last good pope. He is the patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers.

More can be found out about St. Gregory and his impact on the faith at his wiki, located here.

St. Gregory the Great

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3 responses to “Saturday Saints- #60

  1. His writings are fantastic and beautiful. If you can find the time to read his homilies, they’re great

  2. I’m sure they are. They are on the list, but its a long list and I’m not sure when I’ll get to them.

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