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Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Doctor

Jerome and Gregory

Jerome and Gregory, detail from a triptych in the Salla dell’Albergo at the Scuola della Carita, by Antonio Vivarini, (c. 1415 –1476/84). From Wikipedia. (Gregory is on the right, identified by the dove on his shoulder.)

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.

¶ Or this:

Almighty and merciful God, who didst raise up in Gregory  a servant of the servants of God, by whose labour the English people were brought into the knowledge of the Catholic and Apostolic faith: Preserve in thy Church evermore a thankful remembrance of his zeal and devotion; that thy people, being fruitful in every good work, may receive with him and thy servants everywhere the crown of glory that fadeth not away; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Almighty and merciful God, who didst raise up Gregory of  Rome to be a servant of the servants of God, and didst inspire him to send missionaries to preach the Gospel to the English people: Preserve in thy church the catholic and apostolic faith they taught, that thy people, being fruitful in every good work, may receive the crown of glory that never fades away; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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