Saint Gregory the Great and Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Homemade Cherry Chocolate Chip ice cream is the perfect thing for the feast of Saint Gregory. He sure did love Cherries.
Today the church celebrates the feast of Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church.
Saint Gregory was born in Rome around 540. His father was a wealthy Senator.
After the death of his father he built six monasteries in Sicily. He founded the seventh in his own home, where it became the Benedictine Monastery of Saint Andrew. At age 35 he assumed the monastic habit in 575.
After the death of Pope Peaguis II, Saint Gregory at the age of 50 was chosen Pope. He is known to compose a great number of works, none known more than the Liturgy of the Mass. Our Liturgy still contains several of his most beautiful prayers.
He died March 12, 604 . His body lies at Saint Peters in Rome. Immediately after his death, Saint Gregory was canonized by popular acclaim.
The story of Saint Gregory and his love of cherries is more like a legend.
While St. Gregory was celebrating St Marks feast day (April 25th), he had a craving for cherries. Unfortunately none of the cherry trees in his area were bearing fruit. The servants and gardeners were at a loss.
Luckily, one gardener was wandering the gardens and was visited by St Mark. The Saint heard of his plight and blessed the tree and immediately fruit appeared.
Needless to say the Pope enjoyed the cherries to his hearts content and from then on, every year enjoyed cherries on St Marks feast day.
We now can enjoy cherries on his Feast day. So on this hot September day I am enjoying cherries in a cold creamy ice cream. In honor of Saint Gregory the Great.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Peace be with you,