Saint Gregory the Illuminator
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Gregory the Illuminator, St
Gregory the Illuminator, St (c.240–c.325). Apostle of Armenia. He converted the king Trdat (c.238–314) to Christianity, which was forthwith imposed as the official religion of the country. He was later consecrated the first bishop, and the episcopate remained for some generations in his family. The Armenian Orthodox Church is sometimes styled ‘Gregorian’.