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Origins of Christianity

The Armenian Church is one of the original ancient Churches and during the entire history of Christianity has remained a part of the "One, Holy, Universal and Apostolic Church" of Christ. Since the Armenian Church arose from underground to become the first state to officially adopt Christianity in 301 A.D., Armenia and her faith have been inseparable. In this section, the basic information regarding the origins of Christianity will be discussed.

We will explore the beginnings of the Universal Church as well as the creation of the autocephalous Armenian Church, her structure and her progression through time. Our history is rich with visionaries and leaders, and we will provide you with information on the Catholicoi, the "Inheritors of St. Gregory" who have shaped the Armenian Church throughout history. The Armenian Church has survived many turbulent times throughout her history, as she suffered one with the nation during times of distress. Out of necessity, the Catholicosate of All Armenians has moved to different locations before returning to Mother See of Etchmiadzin, and these historical sites are detailed. Significant dates in the history of Christianity and those specific to the Armenian Church are listed on a historical time line through the present day. Finally, the Armenian Church as she lives today will be illustrated.

Knowing our history tells much about who we are, and unveils the direction that we must take. Volumes of information have been recorded on this subject, and these origins continue to be discussed and researched, even today. Treasures of the past constantly reveal themselves to the world, and as new information is discovered, this section will be appropriately updated.



 

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