Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gregory the Great

Today we commemorate the life of Gregory the Great. He lived from 540-604. Gregory was a staunch defender of the orthodox doctrine of the resurrection, but his most profound influence on the church was in the liturgy. Among various other things he established the nine Kyries and introduced a number of liturgical reforms including moving the "Our Father" to the place in the Service of the Sacrament just before the fraction. Gregory the Great. Gregory the Great recognized the "Our Father" which says "and give us this day our daily bread" as a consecratory prayer and so made it part of the consecration.

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