Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Patron of Musicians and Singers

September 3rd is the feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great. He was responsible for revising the calendar which is why it's called the "Gregorian calendar". He also developed many of the chants still used in the church today, which is why such singing is called "Gregorian chant". Among other things he is the patron of musicians and singers, which is why he manages to get a few words written about him here.

While pop musicians such as Sinead O'cconor have attempted to capitalize on the immense musical treasury of Gregorian chant, her work cannot compare to that of the real experts in this field. Benedictine monks have kept the practice of singing Gregorian chant alive for centuries and their voices cannot help but raise our hearts toward the heavens.  

Saint Gregory reportedly said, "He is not wise to me who is wise in words only, but he who is wise in deeds." If you would speak of music today, be wise enough to make some too, or at the very least do the deed of listening to some great music and share it with others.

Read more about St. Gregory here.
Listen to some Gregorian Chant here.

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