Commemorated on March 12th
Saint Gregory Dialogos, Bishop of Rome
St Gregory was born in Rome to noble and wealthy parents about the year 540 AD. While the Saint was still young, his father died. However, his mother, Sylvia, saw to it that her child received a good education in both secular and spiritual learning. He became Prefect of Rome and sought to please God even while in the world; later, he took up the monastic life; afterwards he was appointed Archdeacon of Rome, then, in 579 AD, Apocrisiarios (representative or Papal legate) to Constantinople, where he lived for nearly seven years. He returned to Rome in 585 AD and was elected Pope in 590 AD. He is renowned especially for his writings and great almsgiving, and because, on his initiative, missionary work began among the Anglo-Saxon people. It is also from him that Gregorian chant takes its name; the chanting he had heard at Constantinople had deeply impressed him, and he imported many elements of it into the ecclesiastical chant of Rome. He served as Bishop of that city from 590 to 604 AD.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
The truth of things have revealed you to your flock as a rule of faith, an icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, you have achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty. O Father and Hierarch Gregory, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
To you, who are the Church's tuneful harp inspired of God, you are a tongue of wisdom who was verily possessed of God, to you, as it is meet, we now offer praises; for you truly had the zeal of the Apostles' choir and followed in their footsteps as their worthy heir; and to you we say, "Rejoiced, divine Father Gregory".