Armenian Apostolic Church Celebrates 1,700th Anniversary

One of the world's oldest churches, the Armenian Apostolic Church, is celebrating the 1,700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity in ancient Armenia, reports ENS. It was the first nation, in 301 AD, to officially adopt Christianity as a state religion, which then became a powerful force in preserving the identity of the Armenians who have lived under foreign rule for much of their history.

According to tradition, the country was evangelized by the Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew but it was St. Gregory who baptized King Tiridates III-who then proclaimed Armenia a Christian state.