Book of Saints – Gregory the Illuminator


(Saint) (September 30) Bishop (4th century) An Armenian, and reckoned the Apostle of his native country because of the numberless conversions to Christianity he there effected. The extant Acts of the Saint are of doubtful authority; but it seems certain that he was consecrated First Patriarch or Archbishop of the Armenians, that he succeeded in converting Tiridates, the King of the country, to Christianity, and that he suffered many persecutions from the heathen. To the place from which the title of his See is taken he gave the name of Etchmiadzin (now Vallarshabad), “The Descent of the Only- Begotten.” A.D. 332 is a probable date of his death.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Gregory the Illuminator”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 July 2013. Web. 24 March 2019. <>