Saint Gregory the Great

Saint Gregory the Great

Gregory the Great (540-604), Saint, the Doctor of the Church. Gregory was born at Rome around the year 540. He rose through various public offices to the prefecture which he renounced. Jesus Christ called Gregory to become a consecrated person (Benedictine Order). Once ordained deacon, he discharged the duties of legate at Constantinople.

On September 3, 590 Gregory was elevated to the Chair of Saint Peter and he proved to be a true shepherd by carrying out his office, helping the poor, spreading and strengthening the faith.

He wrote extensively on moral and theological subjects. For this reason, he was proclaimed the Doctor of the Church. Moralia, Commentary to the Book of Job and Gregorian Chant are his historical achievements.

O you angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. (Daniel 3: 58)

You should be aware that the word angel denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.

And so it was that not merely an angel but the archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary. It was only fitting that the highest angel should come to announce the greatest of all messages.

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