St. Gregory the Great Novena

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Gregorian chant is probably the most familiar aspect of St. Gregory’s legacy today, which makes it only natural that he is a patron saint of musicians and singers. However, St. Gregory utilized his many gifts throughout his papacy. These gifts will be highlighted throughout this novena.

About St. Gregory the Great

St. Gregory the Great was a son of a wealthy Roman senator in the 6th century. He was also born of a family of saints. His mother (Silvia), his aunt (Pateria), and his great-great-grandfather (Felix III) are all formally recognized saints.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a prefect of Rome by his early thirties. When his father died, he transformed his family’s villa into a monastery. He loved the monastic life, but God called him out into the world when he was elected Pope. He was the first pope to refer to himself as the servant of the servants of God, and he exemplified that during his papacy. He had a commitment to the poor, providing more effective relief for the people than the government by requiring churchmen to help those in need and stepping up food production on the Church’s farmland. He would not eat until the impoverished were fed and he would eat with twelve of them at his table.

He also re-invigorated missionary efforts in northern Europe, reformed the liturgy, established Western plainchant (now called Gregorian chant after him), and was a prolific writer. It is no wonder that he was declared a saint shortly after his death by popular acclaim.

St. Gregory the Great Novena Prayers

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 1

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you came from a family of politicians and played a role in politics yourself. May the Lord grant me political leaders who resist corruption and the temptations of power as you and your family members once did.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 2

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you had a deep love of the monastic life. May the Lord grant me your contemplative spirit, that I may seek out silence and desire to grow deeper in love with God.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 3

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you were a great pope and knew the burden of the papal office as one who wanted nothing more than the monastic life. May the Lord grant me your obedient heart to follow His will even when it is not what I desire for myself.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 4

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you had such compassion for the poor. May the Lord grant me to see the impoverished through your eyes with the dignity given to them by their Creator.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 5

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you had a great gift for administration, which God used to benefit the Church. May the Lord grant me your malleable heart, that my gifts may be used to carry out His will.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 6

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you used the Church’s farmland to effectively feed others in a time of famine. May the Lord grant me your generous heart, that I may prudently share what God has placed in my care with those in need.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 7

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you are known as the “Father of Christian Worship.” May the Lord grant me your humble heart to devoutly praise God with all my heart.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 8

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you established Gregorian chant, which is named for you. May the Lord grant me your prayerful heart that speaks to Him through beautiful song.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Novena - Day 9

St. Gregory the Great, you said, “have confidence in the compassion of our Creator.” It is with this confidence that we now ask you to bring our intentions before the throne of our Lord.

(State Your Intention)

Servant of the Servants of God, St. Gregory, you were a prolific writer. May the Lord grant me your fervent spirit that desires to share my love for Him with others using all means at my disposal.

Amen.

St. Gregory the Great Patronages

St. Gregory the Great is the patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers.

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