Confessor and Doctor

Roman nobleman, he was piously educated by his mother, Santa Silvia. He embraced the Benedictine rule at thirty-five years of age. Ordained deacon, he went as an apostolic legate to Constantinople, where he befriended our Saint Leander. At the age of fifty he was elected Pope, ruling the Church in most a holy manner for fourteen years: he fought incontinence and simony; He sent to England Saint Augustine and his companions, who were the apostles of that island, and ordered the establishment of liturgical chant, which bears the name Gregorian for him.