Catholic Saints

Saint Gregory

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Gregory
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Gregory
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Gregory
  • What is Saint Gregory the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Gregory is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Gregory

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Gregory
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Teachers, Students and Musicians
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: March 12th or September 3
  • Date of Death: Saint Gregory died in A.D. 604
  • Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Who or what is Saint Gregory the patron saint of?
Saint Gregory is the patron of Teachers, Students and Musicians. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Gregory
The story and history of Saint Gregory. Gregory was born with the name of Gregorius c. 540 in Rome, Italy. He was the wealthy, patrician son Gordianus and Silvia. His family were devout Christians and his mother Sylvia was also canonized as a saint.  His priveliged background ensured that he was educated by the finest teachers in Rome. When his father died he converted the family home into a Benedictine monastery dedicated Saint Andrew and became one of its monks. He was the first monk to be elected as Pope on 3 September 590. Pope Gregory I first introduced the edict of celibacy in the clergy. The melodies and plain chant used in Rome gave rise to calling the music "Gregorian chant". His eminence in theology and holiness also led him to become one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. Saint Gregory died in 604AD in Rome.

Death of Saint Gregory
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Gregory died in A.D. 604. Cause of Death: Natural Causes. 

Why is Saint Gregory the patron of Teachers, Students and Musicians?
Why is Saint Gregory is the patron of Teachers, Students and Musicians?

How Saint Gregory is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Gregory in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Gregory is represented in Christian Art in his pontifical robes, and with an infant angel holding the tiara. According to the legend, his mother had a vision of St. Anthony, who promised her that her infant son should one day wear the papal tiara.

Feast Day of Saint Gregory
The Feast Day of Saint Gregory is March 12th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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