3. Sep, 2019

Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope, Doctor

The joy of your pastor

On the 1st day of my holidays I am drawn to reflect on the year that has passed. Certainly, the psalm and closing prayer of the memorial of St Gregory resonate.

Sadness and joy are contrasted. Sadness and anxiety coming from the psalmist’s interaction with an unholy nation that have tormented him. Joy comes from “the spiritual growth of the people.” How true.

Dear brothers and sisters, in this time of infidelity, pray that such is the heart of your pastor.

Lord, send forth your light and your truth.

Vindicate me, Lord:

  judge my case against an unholy nation,

  rescue me from betrayers, from the wicked.

For you are the God of my refuge;

  why have you rejected me?

  why must I suffer while my enemies torment me?

Send forth your light and your truth;

  let them lead me away,

  let them lead me up your holy mountain,

  up to your sanctuary.

I shall go in to the altar of God,

  to the God of my gladness and joy.

I will sing out to you on the lyre,

  O God, my God.

Why are you so sad, my soul,

  and anxious within me?

Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,

  my saviour and my God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

  and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

  is now, and ever shall be,

  world without end.


Lord, send forth your light and your truth.


Through the intercession of Saint Gregory

  grant the spirit of wisdom to those you have placed in authority,

  so that the spiritual growth of the people may bring eternal joy to the pastors.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

  one God, for ever and ever