Today is the feast day of Gregory the Great, Bishop and
Theologian, 604. The Church remembers Gregory, whose sermons are still readable
today, and it is not without reason that he is accounted, along with Ambrose,
Jerome, and Augustine of Hippo, as one of the Four Latin Doctors, meaning
Teachers, of the ancient Church.
The Collect of the day:
Almighty and merciful God, you raised up Gregory of Rome
to be a servant of the servants of God, and inspired him to send missionaries
to preach the Gospel to the English people: Preserve in your church the
catholic and apostolic faith they taught, that your people, being fruitful in
every good work, may receive the crown of glory that never fades away; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.