Obverse: Saint Gregory Patron Saint of Musicians, Teachers, Students, West Indies,
Reverse: The Holy Family -- "Gloria In Excelsis Deo"
Saint Gregory -- Pope and one of the four great Latin Doctors of the Catholic Church. He is called "Gregory the Great" and is often depicted in art in a pontiff's robes, writing in a book, with a dove at his ear whispering words of inspiration. Gregory's father was a Roman Senator descended from a pope, and both his mother, Sylvia, and two of his aunts are Saints.
After the death of his father, Gordianus, Gregory gave up his position as a Chief Magistrate of Rome to become a Benedictine Monk. He founded six monasteries in Sicily, and then a seventh -- the Benedictine Monastery of Saint Andrew -- in his family mansion on the Celian Hill in Rome. Gregory, though at first extremely reluctant to leave the life of the cloister, was elected Pope in 590. He was the first monk to hold that office, and continued to adhere to the simplicity of the monastic life throughout his life.Eventually, through his great strengths and abilities, Gregory became one of the most powerful and distinguished leaders of Italy, and one of the most important Popes of the middle ages.
The incorporation of the Gregorian Chant into the liturgy is attributed to "Gregory the Great". Saint Gregory is Patron Saint of Teachers, Students, Musicians, Masons, Popes, Stone-cutters, Fringe-makers, and the West Indies. The feast of St. Gregory is celebrated on March 12.
The legend on the medallion reads: SAN GREGORIO POM
POM is an abbreviation for Pontifex Optimo Maximo -- "Supreme Pontiff", a term used frequently in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period.
The Holy Family is depicted on the reverse of the medallion, beneath a banner containing the legend: GLO IN EXCELS DEO Glo(ria) In Excels(is) Deo: Glory to God in the Highest - The angels song at the birth of Christ.
History: Associated with the Shipwreck "El Bueno Consejo", on shore of the Caribbean island Anguilla. The Galleon was carrying 50 Franciscan Monk and thousands of bronze religious medallions to be used in converting the New World to Christianity.