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St. Gregory's College

South-West Ikoyi, Lagos

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St. Gregory's College

South-West Ikoyi, Lagos

08:00am - 1:00pm

Monday to Friday (Office Hours)

Assistant Administrator

HISTORY /LIFE OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT
POPE AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

Feast Day: 3 September
Patron of choir boys, educators, students, scholars,
Singers, Musicians.

Pope Gregory I, also known as Gregory the great was born and raised in a patrician family at a time when the Roman Empire was disintegrating .he was educated by the best teachers in Rome. He began his career as a public official at the age of thirty.

Gregory becomes the perfect and senator of Rome. Perfect of Rome is the highest civil office in the city. He was the perfect of Rome for a year. Gregory was one of richest men in Rome but he sold his possessions, turned his home into a Benedictine monastery and used his money to build six monasteries is Sicily and one in Rome. Shortly after, the pope ordained him as a deacon and sent him as ambassador to the emperor’s court Constantinople.

Gregory was recalled to Rome in the 1586. He continued his monastic life and was soon elected abbot of his community. In 1590, a terrible plague fell on Rome and pope and consecrated on September 3, 1590.

Soon after becoming pope, Gregory wrote the regular pastoralist, a work that addresses the office of a bishop. When he saw the English children were being sold as slaves in Rome, he sent 40 monks including St. August of Canterbury, from his own monastery to make “the Angles angels”. England owes her conversion to him!

In temporal affairs as well, Gregory filled a huge void. At the period when the invasion of the barbarian Lombard creates a new situation in Europe, he played a great part in winning them, for Christ when Rome was under attack; he personally went to interview the Lombard king.

As pope, Gregory reformed the liturgy and it still contains several of his beautiful prayers. In addition the many sermons and letters he wrote, in 1593. He published Dialogues, a collection of visions, tales, prophecies and miracles gathered from oral tradition. This was one of the most popular books in the, Middle Ages. He also helped in the development of the church’s music.
He collected melodies and plain chant so associated with him that they are known as Gregorian chants.

He watched over the holiness of the clergy and maintenance of church discipline. He removed unworthy priest from office, forbade taking money for many services and emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of Lombard. These deeds and others made him, in the words of an antiphon in his office, ‘’father of the city, the joy of the world’’.
Gregory died on the 12th march, 1604 at Rome, Italy. He was canonized a saint by acclamation almost immediately after his death. His memorial is celebrated on the anniversary of the date on which he was consecrated pope. He is one of the great doctors of the Latin Church.

Rev. Fr KENNETH MEREH
ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR
ST. GREGORY’S COLLEGE LAGOS.