St Gregory the Great.

[Pope Saint Gregory the Great]

Son of Gordianus, a Roman regionarius, and Saint Silvia of Rome. Nephew of Saint Emiliana and Saint Tarsilla. Great-grandson of Pope Saint Felix III. Educated by the finest teachers in Rome, Italy. Prefect of Rome for a year, then he sold his possessions, turned his home into a Benedictine monastery, and used his money to build six monasteries in Sicily and one in Rome. Benedictine monk. Upon seeing English children being sold in the Roman Forum, he became a missionary to England.

Elected 64th Pope by unanimous acclamation on 3 September 590, the first monk to be chosen. Sent Saint Augustine of Canterbury and a company of monks to evangelize England, and other missionaries to France, Spain, and Africa. Collected the melodies and plain chant so associated with him that they are now known as Gregorian Chants. One of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. Wrote seminal works on the Mass and Divine Office, several of them dictated to his secretary, Saint Peter the Deacon.

Taken from http://saints.sqpn.com/pope-saint-gregory-the-great/

I love the fact he is the patron saint of teachers and students. It tickled me as I work as an educationalist and in the uk it the first day back to school after the summer holidays!

 He was also have said to have written the prayer to St. Micheal.

so let us end with it.

 

Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. Rebuke him, oh God, we humbly pray and do thou O Prince of the heavenly host drive into Hell, Satan, and all his angels who roam the earth seeking the ruin of souls.

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One Response

  1. and a soundtrack for the day’s festivities… check out the song I posted this morning which demonstrates the Hungarian’s love of the Day, and how the school children celebrate by begging door to door while singing and playing and yelling as they head to the first day…
    http://www.saintrichardyouthchoir.com/2009/09/memories-on-this-st-gregorys-day.html

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