The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation

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THE
ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
OF THE
ENGLISH NATION.

BOOK II.

CHAPTER I.
OF THE DEATH OF THE BLESSED POPE GREGORY.

At this time, that is, in the year of our Lord 605, the blessed Pope Gregory, after having most gloriously governed the Roman apostolic see thirteen years six months and ten days, died, and was translated to the eternal see of the heavenly kingdom. Of whom, in regard that he by his zeal converted our nation, the English, from the power of Satan to the faith of Christ, it behoves us to discourse more at large in our Ecclesiastical History, for we may and ought rightly to call him our apostle; because, whereas he bore the pontifical power over all the world, and was placed over the churches already reduced to the faith of truth, he made our nation, till then given up to idols, the church of Christ, so that we may be allowed thus to attribute to him the character of an apostle; for though he is not an apostle to others, yet he is so to us; for we are the seal of his apostleship in our Lord. He was by nation a Roman, son to Gordian, deducing his race from ancestors that were not only noble, but religious. And Felix, once

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