Little Holy Days {Feast of St. Gregory the Great}

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Tomorrow is the feast of St. Gregory the Great.

Some quick facts about him:

  • Born in Rome in 540
  • Before becoming a Benedictine monk he was a senator and prefect
  • Elected Pope at age 50
  • When he saw English children being sold as slaves in Rome he sent 40 monks to convert England
  • He kept close watch over the holiness of the clergy and maintained Church discipline
  • He did much work to develop the Church’s music
  • Gregorian Chant is named for him
  • He died in 609 and his body lies in St. Peter’s in Rome
  • He is the patron of: choir boys; educators; gout; masons; music; musicians; choirs; singers; stonecutters; teachers; popes; students; scholars; against plague; against gout; against fever; England; West Indies

To Do:

  • Coloring page with the kids
  • Listen to some Gregorian Chant (note, I haven’t, as of the writing of this post, listened to any of the recordings on this site. I found the link through Catholic Culture.) I did find a few CDs of Gregorian Chants at my parents house which I’ve borrowed indefinitely, and I’ll be playing those tomorrow.
  • Since he is the patron of masons, and that happens to be something that Jared does for work, I’m going to see if we can do a very simple project tomorrow. (That will all depend on if Jared feels better, as I have no skill whatsoever in masonry)

Collect

O God, who care for your people with gentleness and rule them in love, through the intercession of Pope Saint Gregory, endow, we pray, with a spirit of wisdom those to whom you have given authority to govern, that the flourishing of a holy flock may become the eternal joy of the shepherds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Little Holy Days {St. Monica and St. Augustine}

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Coming  up on August 27th (tomorrow) and August 28th (Wednesday) are the feasts of St. Monica and St. Augustine respectively. (I think I should try to do these things…. um…. sooner than the day before).

St. Monica was born in Tagaste in North Africa, she was the mother of St. Augustine and two others. She is known for unceasing praying for her husband and son to convert which both did. More on her from Catholic Culture.

St. Augustine also born in Tagaste, died in Hippo, thus known as St. Augustine of Hippo. He was a Bishop and is one of the doctors of the church. (More on him from Catholic Culture)

I am combining them, or the meal portion at least, because it’s just a teensy bit easier. I don’t have a specific recipe I’m going to follow, but I’m thinking something with chicken and chick peas.

To Do with the kiddos:

Coloring pages, St. Monica’s and St. Augustine’s

Collect for St. Monica’s Memorial

O God, who console the sorrowful and who mercifully accepted the motherly tears of Saint Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine, grant us, through the intercession of them both, that we may bitterly regret our sins and find the grace of your pardon. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Collect for St. Augustine’s Memorial

Renew in your Church, we pray, O Lord, that spirit with which you endowed your Bishop Saint Augustine that, filled with the same spirit, we may thirst for you, the sole fount of true wisdom, and seek you, the author of heavenly love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

A Prayer to St. Monica:

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray

(For more ideas of things “TO DO” Sarah @ Two O’s Plus More has put together a much more hands on post for these two feasts! Go check it out!!)

Little Holy Days {St Bartholomew}

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Saturday (August 24) is the feast of St. Bartholomew.

Briefly, St. Bartholomew, was one of the disciples of Our Lord, sometimes referred to as Nathanael. After the first Pentecost he is said to have evangelized Asia Minor, parts of India, and Armenia. You can read more about him here!

Things to do:

Since this feast happens to fall on a Saturday and of course we already have TONS of stuff to do I’m probably going to keep things real simple. Even if we only end up doing just one of these things mentioned, or none as is possible, I really just want to be aware that this feast exists, and to if nothing else, pray the collect in the morning.

There’s a tradition in England of having a “bun race” on this day. Each participant in the race receives a currant bun. I don’t know about you, but any plan that involves my kids running off energy sounds like a good one. (I plan to make the “sweet bread” recipe from my bread-maker and substitute raisins for currants.)

St. Bartholomew is also associated with gingerbread, and somehow or other I’m going to try to work that in as well.

 

Collect for his day – Strengthen in us, O Lord, the faith, by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew clung wholeheartedly to your Son, and grant that through the help of his prayers your Church may become for all the nations the sacrament of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.