ST. GREGORY

PATRON SAINT OF MUSICIANS, SINGERS, STUDENTS

AND TEACHERS

 

St. Gregory's influence on the forms of public worship throughout Western Europe was enormous.  He founded a school for the training of church musicians, and Gregorian chant (plainsong) is named for him.  The schedule of Scripture readings for the various Sundays of the year, and the accompanying prayers (many of them written by him), in use throughout most of Western Christendom for the next thirteen centuries, is largely due to his passion for organization.  

 

His feast day is March 12.