Lent Madness: Gregory the Illuminator vs. Brendan the Navigator
February 19, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Gregory the Illuminator vs. Brendan the Navigator
Welcome to Lent Madness! Which saint will reign supreme with the Golden Halo? Today’s match up is between Gregory the Illuminator vs. Brendan the Navigator.
Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.
Gregory the Illuminator
Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of the Armenian Christian Church, was the first person to bring Christianity to Armenia. Born in 257, Gregory’s work as a teacher and missionary was key in making Armenia the first nation to embrace Christianity as its official religion. Situated between the empires of Rome and Parthia (present-day Iran), Armenia was at the center of a power struggle between the two nations and struggled to maintain peaceful relations within and outside its borders.
Legend says that Gregory’s father assassinated the king of Parthia, and as a result, his family was forced into hiding… Read more here.
Brendan the Navigator
Brendan of Kerry, the Navigator, lived and ministered in Ireland in the sixth century. A disciple of Saint Finian, Brendan is one of the twelve apostles of Ireland. Brendan was born in 484 and lived a long life full of adventure. He earned his title of “Navigator” traversing the British Isles, founding monasteries in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. After a sixty-five-year ministry, he died at age ninety-four, still praising Jesus and bragging about never stopping to ask for directions….Read more here.