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The Armenie Apostolic Kirk ([Հայ Առաքելական Սուրբ Եկեղեցի, Hay Aṙak̕elakan Surp Yekeġetsi] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help), offeecially [Հայաստանեայց Առաքելական Սուրբ Եկեղեցի, Hayastaniayts Aṙak̕elakan Surp Yekeġetsi] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)) is the warld's auldest naitional kirk.[2][3][4][5] It is pairt o Oriental Orthodoxy an is ane o the maist auncient Christian commonties.[6] Armenie wis the first kintra to adopt Christianity as its official religion in AD 301, in establishing this kirk.[7] The Armenie Apostolic Orthodox Kirk claims tae trace its origins to the missions o Apostles Bartholomew an Thaddeus in the 1st century an is a early centre o Christianity.

Armenian Apostolic Kirk
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Offeecial staundart o the Catholicos o Aw Armenies o the Armenie Apostolic Kirk.
Foonder Apostles Bartholomew an Thaddeus
Unthirldom Apostolic Era
Recognition Oriental Orthodoxy
Primate Karekin II
Headquarters Mither See o Holy Etchmiadzin, Vagharshapat, Armenie
Territory Armenie,
Possessions Roushie, Iraq, Georgie, Fraunce, the Unitit States, Iran, Lebanon, Sirie, Jordan, Israel an Palestine, Turkey, Egyp, Canadae, Australie, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgarie, Belgium, Estonie, Latvie, Lithuanie, Fraunce, Unitit Kinrick, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Romanie, Swaden, Swisserland, Argentinae, Albanie, Brazil, Uruguay, Ukraine, Belaroushie, Ethiopie, an mony ithers.
Leid Clessical Armenie
Members 10,000,000[1]

It is whiles referred tae as the Gregorian Kirk but this name isna preferred bi the kirk itsel, as it views the Apostles Bartholomew an Thaddeus as its foonders, an St. Gregory the Illuminator as merely the first offeecial govrenor o the kirk.


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  2. It wis the first naition tae adopt Christianity as its offeecial releegion. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History – Page 268 by Cambridge University Press, Gale Group, C.W. Dugmore
  4. The Armenian Massacres, 1894–1896: 1894–1896 : U.S. media testimony – Page 131 by A. Dzh. (Arman Dzhonovich) Kirakosian
  6. The Antiquities of the Christian Church – Page 466 by Johann Christian Wilhelm Augusti, Georg Friedrich Heinrich Rheinwald, Carl Christian Friedrich Siegel
  7. Grousset, René (1947). Histoire de l'Arménie (1984 ed.). Payot. p. 122. . Estimated dates vary frae 284 tae 314. Garsoïan (op.cit. p.82), follaein the research o Ananian, favours the latter.