Gregorius of Armenia

Gregorius Of Armenia (Gregory Illuminator; Greek Photistes, Armenian Lusaworich), first bishop of Armenia an apostle of Christianity in that country (3d century). Others had preached there before him, but he was the first to organize Christianity thoroughly. Accurate information about him is wanting. The Bollandists (Ada Sanctoornm, September, volume 8) give a life of him professedly cyritten by his contemporary, Agakhangelus, but it is clearly spurious. He is the author of several Homilies, which have been published by the Mekhitariists (Venice, 1837). His name is held in just veneration in the Eastern churches, and he is also a the Roman Calendar, September 30. The United Armenians in Constantinople claim to possess. his relics, which in August , were transferred from one church to another. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biogr. Generale, 11:863 (where the traditional account is fully given); Mosheim, Church History, 2:225, Malan; Life and Times of Gregory Illuminator (London, 1868). SEE ARMENIA.

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