quod pro nobis traditum est

Monday, March 12, 2012

ongoing legacy

Gregory the Great, or Pope Gregory I, (c. 540 - 604) is an important figure in the early history of Christianity. His prolific writing, reform of the liturgy, pastoral counsel, and work in the Church have had a lasting impact on the Church. The Mass of St. Gregory emphasizes the Real Presence in the Eucharist. He is a Latin Father, Doctor of the Church and a saint in both the Eastern and Western Churches. He died on this date in 604.

"In the modern era, Gregory is often depicted as a man at the border, poised between the Roman and Germanic worlds, between East and West, and above all, perhaps, between the ancient and medieval epochs." This quote from an online encyclopedia is probably a good summary of today's understanding of Gregory. To learn more about Gregory and his many works find an encyclopedia or pick up a biography.