St. Ambrose - a patron of Milan

  BY Ruslan Telemtaev   12 May 2016

Residents and guests of Milan can easily find the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio, which is located right next to the Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci. The basilica was built by St. Ambrose in 379-386 on the burial site of the first Christian martyrs.  

Ambrose is venerated in the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. Milanese honor this holy patron, whose portraits can often be found on building facades, streets, and public squares. In art, Saint Ambrose is usually represented as an elderly with a swagger stick and a scourge in his hand - a symbol of victory over the nations.

Saint Ambrose was born in a family of governor around 340 AD. His parents were from Rome and belonged to the aristocratic family. The family adopted Christianity at the beginning of the 4th century. After his father's death, his family moved to Rome, where Saint Ambrose was educated. He was fluent in the art of oratory in Latin and Greek and was fond of philosophy, and literature. Saint Ambrose was educated as a lawyer and later was elected as an adviser. Around 370 AD, he was appointed to the post of governor of the Emilia Liguria province.

In 374, Saint Ambrose became a bishop in the church where Ambrose donated all of his wealth, choosing a humble and austere way of life. His authority was so great that he influenced political decisions of the emperor Theodosius the Great and brilliantly served sermons that attracted many neophytes into the Church.

The work of the Saint disclose the essence of Christian doctrine and shows its advantages over paganism.

In the last years of his life, Saint Ambrose engaged in literary work, dictating his scriptures to the Secretary Paulin. He is also credited for the anthem of the Church - "Te Deum laudamus» ( «You, God, praise"). St. Ambrose founded monk monastery and built two basilicas in Milan.

translated by Anastasia Ostapenko