Born at Rome about the year 540. He entered the public service and was appointed a Prefect of the City. Then he entered a monastery, was ordained deacon and performed the office of a papal legate to Constantinople. On 3 September 590 he became pope and showed himself a true pastor in his administration, his care of the poor, and in spreading and consolidating the faith. In addition he wrote many works on faith and morals. He died on 12 March 604.
Already in the Middle Ages many Churches used to celebrate the feast of Saint Gregory the Great on 3 September, the date of his ordination as Bishop of Rome, to avoid celebrating it on the anniversay of his death, 12 March, which comes in Lent.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your rule is a rule of love, Your providence is full of mercy for Your people. Through the intercession of Saint Gregory grant the spirit of wisdom to those You have placed in authority, so that the spiritual growth of the people may bring eternal joy to the pastors. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 3 September 2020
A Christian Pilgrim