Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome and Doctor

Saint Gregory inspired by a dove

Saint Gregory inspired by a dove

Almighty and everlasting God, who gavest thy servant Saint Gregory a great apostleship in the Church, and among manifold cares an earnest longing to convert the English people: Renew in us thy grace, that we also, forsaking the world’s honour, may serve thee as thou wilt appoint, and labour that thy praises may be sung in all lands; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O God, who didst call Saint Gregory to the office of a bishop, that he might rule in thy Church with pastoral care: Grant that after his example we may burn with a love of souls; and labour that the praises of Jesus may be sung in heathen lands; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Almighty and everlasting God, who gavest thy servant Saint Gregory a great apostleship in the church, and among manifold cares an earnest longing to convert the English people: Renew in us thy grace that we also, forsaking the world’s honour, may serve thee as thou wilt appoint, and labour that thy praises may be sun in all lands; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ March 12 is the date of Saint Gregory’s death. Since this date is always in Lent, the Second Vatican Council transferred his feast to September 3, the commemoration of his episcopal consecration in AD 590.

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