Feast of Saint Ambrose
Patron Saint of the City and of the Diocese of Milan
- 10.30am Pontifical at the Basilica of St. Ambrose presided over by His Excellency Monsignor the Archbishop
Eucharistic celebrations in Duomo at 9.30am and 5.30pm
- 5.30pm Vigil Eucharist of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
It is possible to follow the 10.30am Pontifical presided over by the Archbishop Monsignor Mario Delpini, the 4.45pm “Organ Sounds” for Advent, and the 5.30pm vigil celebration in streaming on this Site (www.duomomilano.it) from the YouTube channel Duomo Milano Tv.
Ambrose was born in Trier (now in Germany), probably in the year 340 AD to a noble Roman family. After in-depth literary training in Rome, he began his career as a magistrate in Sirmium (now in Serbia). In 374, while exercising the office of governor of the province of Milan, he was unexpectedly designated to assume the episcopal mission. Since he was still a catechumen, he received baptism and a few days later, on 7 December, he was ordained bishop.
In the exercise of his ministry he was generous to all, always proving to be a defender of the humble and weak, and assiduous in prayer and meditation of the Holy Scriptures. Ambrose's pastoral action was exceptionally effective, in particular in the initiation of the catechumens, in his ingenuity while leading the worshippers in singing God's praises, proclaiming the truths of faith, and extolling consecrated virginity. He protected the rights of the Church with tenacious courage against imperial authority. He died on Holy Saturday, 4 April, in the year 397.
The pontifical celebration presided by the Archbishop Monsignor Mario Delpini with the participation of the Metropolitan Chapter and the Music Chapel of the Duomo will be held at St. Ambrose Basilica at 10.30am.