Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Feast of Saint Ambrose

Saint Ambrose Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri - statue of Saint Ambrose 2
Statue of Saint Ambrose, at Saint Ambrose Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri. Photo taken in 2007.

A bishop during the Roman period, Saint Ambrose had to deal with the Arian heresy, which was popular amongst the powerful; he even had to rebuke the Emperor on occasion, at great risk to himself, for a leader who calls himself Christian ought to act like a Christian in his political affairs. Besides his orthodoxy, his lofty rhetoric and deep knowledge of Platonic philosophy helped to convert Saint Augustine to the faith. On matters of Church discipline, he advised others to adapt to the local customs of wherever they happened to be; from this, we eventually got the maxim “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  The Church in Ambrose's Milan was quite distinctive, and the Ambrosian Rite liturgy survives to this day.

1 comment:

  1. Mark, Did you happen to attend the Christmas
    Concert at the Cathedral Basilica last weekend?
    It was a lovely show, with mostly traditional
    English music. It was also my first year in the
    choir; I enjoyed it tremendously.
    Next month will be the mass for the archbishop.Try
    to attend the special mass.
    Angela Oldani