Gregory of Narek, Saint

Gregory of Narek, Saint, c.950–1003, Armenian monk, mystic poet, and theologian, Doctor of the Church. He entered monastic life at an early age, becoming a priest at age 25. Gregory wrote letters, odes, and music, his most famous work being a book of mystical prayers, the Book of Lamentations, also called The Prayer Book. He is considered one of Armenia's great poets. As a member of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Gregory was the first saint recognized by the Roman Catholic Church who was not in direct communion with it. Feast: Oct. 13.

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