St Gregory the Illuminator

(c. 240—332)

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‘Apostle of Armenia’. Apparently brought up as a Christian while in exile in Cappadocia, after his return to Armenia he converted the King, Tiridates (289–?330), to the Christian faith. He was consecrated bishop (Catholicos), and the episcopate remained for some generations in his family. Feast day, 30 Sept.; in the American BCP (1979), 23 Mar.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Religion.

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