Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

This year is celebrated in:: 2019-07-06

The Commemoration Day of the discovery of the relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator is one of the three significant feast days dedicated to the memory of the Patron Saint of Armenia.

According to Holy Tradition, following Armenia’s conversion to Christianity, in his final years, St. Gregory led an ascetic life in the cave of Mane on the Mountain named Sepuh where he died in 326 A.D. Shepherds, finding his body, buried him not recognizing the Armenian Pontiff. One of his students, Garnik from Basen sees a vision, where Gregory identifies the location of his relics. The relics were thereupon transferred to the village of Tordan, in the province of Daranagh, and buried there.

The relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator are one of our most revered within the Armenian Church, as well as all Christian Churches. Following their discovery, some were taken to various places for safekeeping, among them Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), Byzantium, and Italy. The Right Hand of the Saint, preserved in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, is one of the most important sanctities of the Armenian Church, and is used by the Catholicos of All Armenians during the blessing of the Holy Chrism (Muron). To commemorate the day, Divine Liturgy is celebrated in our Churches.


This feast has been and will be on the following dates

2008-06-07 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2009-06-27 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2010-06-19 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2011-07-09 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2012-06-23 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2013-06-15 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2014-07-05 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2015-06-20 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2016-06-11 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2017-07-01 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2018-06-16 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2019-07-06 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2020-06-27 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2021-06-19 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2022-07-02 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2023-06-24 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2024-06-15 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2025-07-05 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2026-06-20 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2027-06-12 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2028-07-01 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2029-06-16 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

2030-07-06 Commemoration Day of the discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator

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