Friday, September 3, 2010

Gregory the Great

Friday after Pentecost 14
Commemoration of Gregory the Great, Pastor
September 3, 2010

The Lord be with you

September 3 is set aside to remember Gregory the Great on our Church Calendar. One of the great leaders in Europe at the close of the sixth century, Gregory served in both the secular and sacred arenas of his era. As mayor of Rome, he restored economic vitality to his native city, which had been weakened by enemy invasions, pillage, and plague. After he sold his extensive properties and donated the proceeds to help the poor, he entered into full-time service in the Church. On September 3, 590, Gregory was elected to lead the Church in Rome. As bishop of Rome, he oversaw changes and growth in the areas of church music and liturgical development, missionary outreach to northern Europe, and the establishment of a Church year calendar still used by many church bodies in the Western world today. His book on pastoral care became a standard until the twentieth century.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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