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Feast Day: December 7th.
Patron of beekeepers and Milan.
Saint Ambrose,is one of the four original doctors of the Church. He was the Bishop of Milan and became one of the most important theological figure of the 4th century.
Ambrose was well respected as both a political and religoius leader of the time. Ambrose's preaching based on his studies and knowledge of Greek authors and the Old Testament caught Augustine of Hippo's attention. After meeting Ambrose Augustine had a conversion of belief and behavior and was eventually baptized by Ambrose. St. Monica, Augustine's mother, loved Ambrose "as an angel of God who uprooted her son from his former ways and led him to his convictions of Christ."
St. Ambrose was generous to the poor. He considered them not a group of outsiders, but rather those of the united people. To him, giving to the poor was just a repayment of God's resources, which were intended for everyone equally.
He introduced reforms in the order and manner of public worship. He was known for his "liturgical flexibility that kept in mind that liturgy was a tool to serve people in worshiping God, and ought not to become a rigid entity that is invariable from place to place."
Over the course of many years and several attempts Ambrose successfully defended the Church in Milan from Arian influence and control.
Ambrose is credited with advising Augustine of Hippo to follow local liturgical customs. "When I am at Rome, I fast on a Saturday; when I am at Milan, I do not. Follow the custom of the church where you are," he stated. This advice remains today, and is translated in English as the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."
Ambrose's patronage of bees and beekeepers originates in the legend that when he was an infant, a swarm of bees settled on his face while he lay in his cradle. The swarm left him unharmed with a drop of honey on his face. From this legend Ambrose is known as the honey tongued preacher.
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