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St. Gregory the Great

Saint Gregory the Great, was the bishop of Rome from 590 until his death in 604.

He is known for instigating the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome, the Gregorian Mission, to convert the then-pagan Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity.  Gregory is also well known for his many theological writings and sermons. He was an outstanding administrator, and also left a lasting legacy on church worship and liturgy, and on liturgical music.

In this painting, the artist has chosen to depict a particular episode in Gregory's life.  According to tradition, Gregory, before he became pope, happened to see some Anglo-Saxon children being sold as slaves in a Roman marketplace. 

On seeing these fair-haired children, Gregory asked “What nation are they?” “They are Angles (English),” he was told.  “Not Angles but angels” Gregory said in reply. As a result of this event, he wished to convert the then pagan Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.  Some years later, when Gregory became Pope he sent 40 monks under St. Augustine of Canterbury to England in the year 597.

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St. Peter's Cathedral and its All Souls Chapel
  1. The Chapel
  2. St. Athansius
  3. Archangel Michael stained glass
  4. St. Jerome
  5. St. Ambrose
  6. Blessed Virgin Mary and Christ stained glass
  7. St. Augustine of Hippo
  8. St. John Chrysostom
  9. Christ on the Cross stained glass
  10. St. Gregory the Great
  11. The Sanctuary
  12. Peace I leave with you
  13. Matyrdom of St. Stephen
  14. Morson Children
  15. Entrance Wall
  16. The Cathedral
  17. Icon of the Virgin Mary
  18. The Baptistery
  19. Centre Aisle
  20. The Altar