ⓘ Roman Plague of 590
The Roman Plague of 590 was a local plague that affected the city of Rome in the year 590. It followed from the great plague of Justinian that may have killed more than 100 million Europeans that began in the 540s and spread to other parts of the world.
During the plague, the Bishop of Rome, Pelagius II died and Gregory was elected his successor. Gregory previously served as a kind of Ambassador is called a papal apocrisiarius to the Byzantine court, where he was probably influenced by Byzantine practices. Constantinople, which was dedicated to the protection of the Mother of God the icon of the Mother of God was a practice where a procession will be carried out on city streets from the mass of believers to sing the Psalms and have mercy, o Lord, to comfort the wrath of the gods. Gregory probably seen many times during his stay in Constantinople.
When the plague was in Rome in 590, and Gregory was still a deacon, he organized a similar procession will take place in Rome, where seven groups will hold a March through the streets of the city and ends at the Basilica of Maria Maggiore to ask the virgin for protection. Perhaps it was unusual at the time, as Rome was traditionally associated with the protection of St. Peter, but it may have been the result of Byzantine influence, as Constantinople was often put under the protection of Mary in times of crisis.
Seven groups of the procession was: 1) clergy, 2) the abbots and monks, 3) the abbess and nuns, 4) male 5) married women 6) widows and 7) children.it is also possible, including the poor of Rome
The procession was held on April 25, 590.
The reason for the procession was because the plague and other disasters were, as a rule, is interpreted as Gods punishment for sinfulness, and therefore, to appease the gods of anger, these actions have been taken. Eighty people fainted during the procession as a result of infection with the plague. The Archangel St Michael supposedly appeared a flaming sword, standing on top of Hadrians Mausoluem, which is known today as the Castel SantAngelo it is because of this history, and he sheathed it, as the procession approached, which was interpreted to show that gods wrath was turned back, and the plague, like, have stopped at the moment when the believers thanked the mother of God.
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