Saint Philip Neri

Saint Philip Neri

Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Death 27 May 1595 (aged 79)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot Beneath the Main Altar
Memorial ID 9952164 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Saint. Born in Florence, he began preaching the Gospel to the poor of Rome while still a layman, and he was ordained a priest in 1551. His unusual methods of religious reform gained many supporters in the Vatican. In 1575, Pope Gregory XIII recognized Neri's group of priests as the Congregation of the Oratory, so named because they gathered in the oratory of the San Girolamo della Carita Church in Rome. It was here that Neri made his great contribution to the arts. He believed that the Bible would be more inspiring to the young and illiterate if parts were set to music. He engaged composers to create such settings and had them performed each day during services following his sermon. Because they were heard in Neri's oratory, the settings came to be known as "oratorios". Since then many composers have written masterpieces in this form. In 1583 the Chiesa Nuova in Rome was built for Neri, and he was buried beneath its main altar. He was canonized in 1622 and his Feast Day is observed on May 26. Neri is the Patron Saint of Rome, and of the U. S. Army Special Forces.

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