St Gregory the Great

Pope Gregory I, 'the Great', born c540, died 604; reigned from 590. He is one of the most important popes of all time. He codified the Roman liturgy in the form it was to retain until 1970, and gave his name to the Chant in which the liturgy and divine Office is sung (i.e. 'Gregorian Chant'). He was himself a monk and a key supporter of the Benedictine order, which was to do so much to transform Europe, and by virtue of his great body of sermons, letters and other works, is one of the four great Latin Fathers (the others being St Augustine, St Ambrose, and St Jerome). Detail from the new reredos by James Gillick in Ss Gregory & Augustine's church in north Oxford.

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