Sarkis the Warrior

The feast day honoring St. Sarkis is movable. It occurs between January 11th and February 15th. Each year it follows the five-day Fast of Catechumens. Sarkis was a Greek from the area of Cappadocia on the Anatolian plain. He was a proud, brave Christian and served as a Roman army officer during the reign of Emperor Constantine (roughly 337 A.D.). Sarkis' valor, strength, and bravery earned him the rank of general.

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Hripsime, Gayane, and the Christian maidens

According to tradition, the Hripsimian sisterhood was home to 37 virgins who lived as hermits in a Roman monastery around 300 A.D. The Roman emperor saw a painting of Hripsime and fell desperately in love with her, vowing to make her his wife.

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Gregory the Enlightener

St. Gregory's early life teaches us to listen to our conscience and dedicate ourselves to carrying out good deeds, no matter what kind of a burden we carry. Faith in God, a Christian spirit of love and good works will relieve us of our sins, as well as the sins of our fathers. We must take every step in life with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, whose wisdom will make us act according to God's will.

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Mesrop Mashtots

St. Mesrob was born in the village of Hatzegatz in the province of Daron. In his early years, he learned both Greek and Persian and served in the Armenian royal court. Later, he decided to enter the ranks of the clergy, and with some other young men he went to preach in the province of Koghtn around 395 A.D. During this period, he felt the great need of the Armenian people for an alphabet of their own, so he petitioned Catholicos Sahag, and together they requested the aid of King Vramshabouh.

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Vartan Mamkonian and his companions

St. Vartan is considered one of the most famous heroes of the Armenian people. In 451 A.D., he, along with a brave band of Armenian soldiers, clergy, and companions, resisted the more powerful and larger Persian army and sacrificed their lives in order to defend their Christian faith.

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Twelve Holy Apostles and St. Paul

On the Feast of the Twelve Holy Apostles of Christ and St. Paul, the Thirteenth Apostle, we honor the lives of these men who worked with Jesus to spread the word of the Lord to all people around the world.

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Leontius the Priest

Celebrated each year on the Tuesday before the feast of St. Vartan, the Feast of St. Leontius honors the sacrifices made by clergymen in the battles against the Persian Empire.

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Gregory of Narek

St. Gregory was born in the city of Narek about 950 A.D.  He was a monk, poet, mystical philosopher and theologian, born into a family of writers.

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Helena

Queen Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great. Constantine himself is a saint of the church, whose name is mentioned during the Divine Liturgy -- "of the Christian kings, the saints Abgarius, Constantine, Tiridates and of Theodosius and of all holy and pious kings and God-fearing princes, to be mindful in this holy sacrifice we beseech the Lord."

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Holy Fathers Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria

St. Athanasius was bishop of Alexandria and one of the most illustrious defenders of the Christian faith. He was born at Alexandria in about the year 297.

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St. Vahan of Goghtn

As a young child, Vahan was taken into custody with many other children of Armenian nobility who had been killed because of their Christian belief. He was taken to Damascus where he was taught, together with other children, the Islamic faith.

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St. James

St. James is known for his divine vision on Mount Ararat, where he found the sacred relic of Noah's Ark and brought it to the Armenian people. 

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Feast of the Holy Translators

Each year parishes throughout the Eastern Diocese open their Armenian schools on the Feast of the Holy Translators. This is the program, in Armenian, that they follow during the special celebration.

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Catholicos St. Nersess the Great

St. Nersess was an Armenian Catholicos who lived in the 4th century and was the great-grandson of St. Gregory the Illuminator. He has been described by many as the founder of Christian charity in Armenia and recognized as the clergyman who established the Church's role as the guardian of the Armenian people in its spiritual, social, and educational aspects.

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Holy Translators Sahag and Mesrob

The following is a brief talk you can give your students on the holy translators Sts. Sahag and Mesrob. Written by Dn. Albert Keshgegian of the Holy Trinity Church of Cheltenham, PA, you can use the following to lead off a discussion on the holy translators.

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John of Jerusalem, John of Otzoon, John of Orotni and Gregory of Datev

Though spending most of his time in the Monastery of Datev, St. Gregory did travel through the country to teach, bringing more people into monastic study. For his tireless efforts to promote the Armenian Christian faith, he is often called the "Second Gregory the Illuminator."

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Forty Braves of Sebastia

The Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebastia were martyred in approximately 320 AD. They were Christians from various towns and cities of Lesser Armenia who served as soldiers in the royal regiment of Sebastia.

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Shooshan the Martyr

St. Shooshan, whose baptismal name was Varteni, was the daughter of St. Vartan, the General of the Armenian army, and the wife of Prince Varsken of Georgia.

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St. Santoukhd, the First Martyr

Daughter of King Sanadroug, Santoukhd was converted to Christianity by the Appostle Thaddeus. The king tried to convert his daughter back to paganism. Remaining steadfast in her faith, she became the first martyr and witness of Christianity in Armenia.

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Tamar of Moghk

St. Tamar, a Christian woman from Mogk, was martyred in the 14th century for confessing her faith in Christ. She is remembered for her piety and modesty in the face of unspeakable tortures.

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