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
- 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)
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.