19 February 2008

Saint Mesrob of Armenia

Today the Church commemorates Saint Mesrob of Armenia.

Mesrob was born around the year 360 and, in his studies, he became a scholar of classical languages. He became a monk in the year 395 and founded several monasteries that served to spread the Gospel in remote parts of Armenia. Mesrob gave the Armenian people a cherished gift, their alphabet, and translated the Scriptures into the new language. He also write biblical commentaries and translated the writings of other Church fathers. After a faithful life, he died peacefully in the year 440.

Prayer of the Day
Father, we give you thanks as we commemorate your servant Mesrob, who was moved to develop a common language so that the Armenian people might more fully understand the riches of your love. May we give thanks for those who, in our own day, labor to bring your word to those divided by language, so that they may come to know the good news of your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.


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