Wednesday, September 3, 2014

HWP: St. Gregory's Easter Prayer

Today is the feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great, my confirmation saint. He influence spread throughout the world in his own day and even into our own. He sent missionaries to convert the Anglos, defend the Truth against several heresies throughout Europe, worked for the continued renewal and unity in the Sacred Liturgy, graced the Church with sacred music bearing his name, and was a model leader for others to follow. Basically, he earned the title. Please join me in celebrating this 'great' saint with a prayer he composed (despite it not being Easter right now):

The Easter Prayer
It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind, to praise You Father and Your Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Father, by Your wondrous condescension of loving-kindness toward us, Your servants, You gave up Your Son. Dear Jesus You paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal Father by Your Blood poured forth in loving-kindness. You cleared away the darkness of sin by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection. You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a Conqueror. You reconciled heaven and earth. Our life had no hope of eternal happiness before You redeemed us. Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence and brought us joy. How inestimable is the tenderness of Your Love!