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Christian Roots Part2

Updated on January 26, 2010

Patron Saint Gregory the Illuminator

Also known as St.Gregory the Enlightener
Also known as St.Gregory the Enlightener

Saint Gregory, Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church

 Born in 257 AD somewhere near Cappadocia, Kayseri Saint Gregory was turned over to the Christian Holy Father Euthalius early in his life, to be raised and educated as a devout Christian. Because his father, Anak was charged with assassinating Khosrov I, one of the kings of the Arshakouni line and was put to death, his mother took him to Cappadocia and with the help of caretakers they delivered him to the Holy Father Euthalias mentioned earlier.

Upon becoming a man, he married and fathered two sons and during this same period he was imprisoned by Tiridates III a son of King Khosrov II because of his fathers earlier deed to the royal family. Gregory was released from imprisonment in 297 AD and by 301 AD was selected and baptised by TRdat the Great and became an upper class Christian and granted full rights to begin conversion of Armenia to Christianity. It is said that Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as its state religion.

In 302 AD Patron Saint Gregory recieved consecration as Patriarch of Armenia from Leontius of Caesarea. numerous prayers and canons were co-inspired by St. Gregory for the Armenian Church. In Saint Gregory's later years of life he withdrew to a small santuary near Mt. Sepuh, upper Armenia where he remained until his death in 331 AD

Saint Gregory the Enlightener is said to be responsible for converting Armenia from paganism to Christianity. His Grandson is said to have preached all over the region including Albania.

For more in depth reading about this Patron Saint who contributed to the spreading of Christianity please refer to:

Hope that you find this interesting and that you are blessed in your study of the early influences of Christianity.

Saint Gregory Cathedral

Many Cathedrals were constructed in Armenia
Many Cathedrals were constructed in Armenia


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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Artin, Interesting brief on the "early influences of Christianity." Great illustrations as well! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      christinecook 7 years ago

      what a beautiful cathedral.a great story to of how he lived his faith,Glory to God,

      peace be with you

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      Artin2010 7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      You are very welcome RevLady. I certainly appreciate your following. Jesus Christ today and everyday, He is the Way, no other! Amen

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Thank you for these interesting facts and beautiful graphics that seem to bring the hub to life. It was a blessing.

      Forever His,