Labor day is a “movable” holiday. According to the Gregorian calendar, today is the memorial of Saint Gregory the Great. Therefore we own this great man at least a brief panegyric.
In the icon above and in many of the paintings in the video, Saint Gregory is depicted with a dove hovering over or resting on his shoulder. According to tradition (with a small “t”), this dove is whispering the inspiration of Gregorian chant into the Saint’s ear. Gregory the great liturgical reformer, did not invent the sacred liturgical music form that would forever bear his name. The dove signifies the essence of his longstanding contributions to the Church. His transforming work has been universally recognized as inspired by the Holy Spirit.
In addition to being a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the dove is also a bird of heavenly song. Hence it also serves as an icon of Chant as music come down from heaven and elevating the soul to God. Would you agree?
Mary, Queen of Heaven, Pray for us!
Saint Gregory the Great, Pray for us!