Prayer to Saint Gregory, Pope and Confessor

To defend the Church and the Pope against the powers of darkness

Gregory the Great
Saint Gregory the Great by Unknown Roman artist, oil on canvas, 1620-29. DEA/Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Getty Images

This prayer to Saint Gregory, pope, and confessorĀ calls to mind the definitive role played by this pope, known to the ages as Gregory the Great. In a time of political turmoil, Saint Gregory (c. 540-604) assured the rights of the Church, and through his missionary work, his writings on theology and morality, and his liturgical reforms (Gregorian chant is named after him, and the Traditional Latin Mass took shape during his reign), Gregory shaped the medieval Church for centuries to come.

In a time of similar turmoil, we turn to Saint Gregory the Great to guide and defend the Catholic Church and the current pope from their enemies, both human and spiritual.

Prayer to Saint Gregory, Pope and Confessor

O invincible defender of Holy Church's freedom, Saint Gregory of great renown, by that firmness thou didst show in maintaining the Church's rights against all her enemies, stretch forth from heaven thy mighty arm, we beseech thee, to comfort her and defend her in the fearful battle she must ever wage with the powers of darkness. Do thou, in an especial manner, give strength in this dread conflict to the venerable Pontiff who has fallen heir not only to thy throne, but likewise to the fearlessness of thy mighty heart; obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors crowned by the triumph of the Church and the return of the lost sheep into the right path. Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is to strive against that faith which has always conquered and is destined always to conquer: "this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith." This is the prayer that we raise to thee with one accord; and we are confident, that, after thou has heard our prayers on earth, thou wilt one day call us to stand with thee in heaven, before the eternal High Priest, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.