Pastoral Notes 3rd September, 2017

3rd September is the feast-day of Pope St Gregory the Great – which we skip as it is a Sunday instead this year! Gregory was Prefect of Rome in the 6th century, governor, from a well to-do Roman family, but gave it up to become a monk in a Roman monastery. But the pope of the time knew his abilities and used him as an envoy to the Patriarch of Constantinople (modern Istanbul). It is said (of Gregory) he was the last western bishop to understand the eastern half of the Church. In due course Gregory was himself called to be Pope by popular demand of the Christians in Rome, in AD 597.He only then lived till 604,but in that time sent missionaries (some of his earlier fellow-monks) to bring the Christian faith to southern Britain. These landed in Kent. So we can ask his prayers for us today.