September 3 – St. Gregory the Great: Patron Saint of England

Saint Gregory the Great, Patron Saint of England (Feast Date: September 3)

Extract from Pope Gregory I (Multilingual), The Life of Saint Gregory the Great – Catholicism.org : “He was born around the year 540 of the last of the old Roman families illustrious for generations of noble achievement. His was, an even more lasting conquest, a family of saints. . . . . The Prefect Gregory, like his parents, disposed of his goods and dedicated himself to the service of his Lord in poverty, chastity and obedience. He became a Benedictine monk. Saint Gregory was not only faced with the saving of Rome, he was obliged to “create her anew.” The ancient city would have ceased to exist but for the “imperishable life which did not come from her but was stored up in her.” Under the guarding and administering hand of Gregory, the Rome of the Popes rose up from the ruins of the Rome of the Emperors. ‘At one time,’ he wrote, “I have to consider the affairs of churches and monasteries, often taking into account the lives and actions of individuals. At another time I have to represent my fellow citizens in their affairs. Again I have to groan over the swords of the barbarians advancing to storm us, and to dread the wolves which lie in wait for a flock huddled together in fear. Then, again, I must charge myself with the care of public affairs, to provide means even for those to whom the maintenance of order is entrusted, or I must patiently endure certain depredators, or take precautions against them, that tranquility be not disturbed. . . . If you love me, weep for me, since so many temporal businesses press on me that I seem as if this dignity had almost excluded me from the love of God. Not of the Romans only am I bishop, but bishop of the Lombards, whose right is the right of the sword, whose favor is punishment. The billows of the world so surge upon me that I despair of steering into harbor the frail vessel entrusted to me by God, while my hand holds the helm amid a thousand storms.” See PICTURES of Saint Gregory the Great. See also: Pope St. Gregory I (“the Great”),  Saint Gregory the Great Pope and Doctor of the Church (EN), SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT Pope, Doctor of the Church—540-604 (EN), Pope Saint Gregory the Great, San Gregorio Magno (SP), Gregorio I San Gregorio Magno (IT), Saint Grégoire le Grand (FR), Grzegorz Wielki, papież i doktor Kościoła (PO). VIDEOS: St. Gregory, Saint Gregory the Great September 3,  Saint Gregory the Great, Pope (September 3), Gregorian Chant Benedictinos, Gregorian Chant – “Salve Regina”, Gregorian Chant — Sancte Michael, Gregorian Chant-Kyrie Christe Eleison. PRAYER OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Gregory the Great on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Drug Trafficking in England (March 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 14 – 27, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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