This year Gregory's Name day is on 3rd September 2017
Saint Gregory, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Gregory has the following symbols associated
- A dove
- An altar
- An ancient manuscript of music.
Historically Famous Gregorys
Gregory (540-604) is one of the great figures in the Western Church. Born into a wealthy family and becoming a very successful chief civil magistrate in Rome, he subsequently devoted much of his wealth to the founding of monasteries, eventually renouncing his worldly life and becoming a monk. Ten years later, in 590, he was the first monk ever to be elected Pope. Perhaps his most famous saying was made on passing through the slave market. He was admiring some blond children and asked of what race they came. On being told that they were Angles, he protested, 'Not Angles but angels!' On learning that the Angles of Eng land were pagans, he put plans in order that Augustine should lead a mission there. He has affected our lives in many ways, being a keen statesman and having had a great influence on the emerging Europe in his time. He shaped the way clergy - especially bishops - came to see their ministry and famously reorganized the Church's patterns of worship and music. What we know as the 'Gregorian chant' was written down and systematized under his supervision.