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On Saturday, July 6, the Armenian Church will observe one of several feast days associated with St. Gregory the Illuminator. This particular feast is dedicated to the saint’s later years and the discovery of his relics.

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As the great-grandson of St. Gregory the Illuminator, he was heir to Armenia’s most exalted lineage, and possessed all the qualities of a great spiritual leader. Yet he resisted becoming a priest, and by some accounts only accepted ordination and advancement at the insistence of Armenia’s king.

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Some 50 theologians and educators—including three representatives from the Eastern Diocese—gathered in Istanbul on June 1-3, for the third “Halki Summit on the Environment” organized by His All-Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch.

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The yearly transition to summer is a special time in the Armenian Church calendar. In quick succession, we observe our Lord’s Ascension, Pentecost, St. Gregory’s release from the pit, and the birth of Holy Etchmiadzin.

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