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As if the interest in patristics wasn’t weird enough, in this episode we get even more exotic. We enter the world of Armenian patristics. We visit the ancient city of Ejmiatsin, crossing language (and even alphabet) barriers to meet the heroes too often overlooked in stories. It is the story of Saint Gregory the Illuminator and his contemporaries, and the Church they founded. Armenia has also become a great center of learning and thus is home to translations of many Greek and Syriac works that would otherwise be lost.
Mike Aquilina, “Old Christian Capital Rises Again in Stunning New York Exhibit” https://angelusnews.com/voices/ancient-christian-capital-rises-again-in-stunning-new-york-exhibit/
Helen C. Evans, ed., Armenia: Art, Religion, and Commerce in the Middle Ages https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/Armenia_Art_Religion_and_Trade_in_the_Middle_Ages
Armenian Studies Society, Digital Resources https://societyforarmenianstudies.com/2018/02/12/armenian-studies-digital-resources/
Robert W. Thomson, Five Studies in Armenian Patristics https://archive.org/details/thomson-studies-1964-1982
Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com/
Mike Aquilina’s books https://catholicbooksdirect.com/writer/mike-aquilina/
Musical theme: Gaudeamus (Introit for All Saints Day), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed http://www.ccwatershed.org/
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