This is our inspiring and beautiful Pope Saint Gregory the Great Plaque. Pope Gregory I, known as Pope Saint Gregory the Great (c.540-590) was the first monk ever to be elected Pope. He was the first to make extensive use of the term “Servant of the Servants of God” (servus servorum Dei) as a papal title, thus initiating a practice that was to be followed by most subsequent popes. Throughout the Middle Ages St. Gregory was known as “the Father of Christian Worship” because of his extraordinary efforts in revising the Roman worship of his day. His collections of Latin plain chant lead to the designation “Gregorian chant” (depicted on the top left of this plaque). Once after he saw pale-skinned English boys being sold in the Roman Forum, he said Non Angli, sed angeli (“They are not Angles, but angels”) and dispatched Saint Augustine of Canterbury to England to convert the English. This plaque is a wonderful gift for a first communion, a confirmation, a birthday, and for that family member or friend who is being made a knight or dame in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (Ordo Sancti Gregorii Magni). Saint Saint Gregory the Great’s feast day is on September 3rd.
A Bronze Plaque Available in Two Sizes
Available in two sizes – small (p208k – 2 x 1.8 inches) and large (p177g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this plaque hangs with ease on any wall in the office or at home. This solid bronze plaque was conceived and cast in Germany by a master goldsmith of world renown. “Gregory” is a Greek Name (in Latin Vigilantius) which means “Watchful” or “Vigilant.” This is indeed an excellent gift for that special “Gregory” or “Greg” in your life!
Doctor of the Church – “Servant of the Servants of God”
According to his friend Peter the Deacon, St. Gregory was once dictating his homilies to his scribe while hidden behind a curtain. When St Gregory fell silent for a long period, the scribe peeked through a hole in the curtain and saw a dove (depicted on the top right of this plaque) seated on Gregory’s head with its beak between his lips. When the dove withdrew its beak the pope spoke and the scribe dictated his words. But when St. Gregory fell silent, the scribe peeked through the curtain again and saw that the dove had put its beak back between his lips. Pope Saint Gregory (German, as on this plaque: Hl. [Heiliger] Gregor Papst) is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. He stood poised between the Roman and Germanic worlds, between East and West, and between the ancient and medieval epochs. The Protestant Reformer John Calvin held St. Gregory in such high esteem that in his Institutes he claimed that he was “the last good pope.” St. Gregory is the patron saint of singers, musicians, singers, students, and teachers.