ArmInfo.By the decree of Pope Francis, February 27 will be celebrated according to the Roman calendar as the day of remembrance of the Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Church, St. Grigor Narekatsi.
According to the Armenian Embassy in the Vatican, it will be included in the holiday calendars of Catholic churches around the world, liturgical books and texts of the liturgy will be updated.
As you know, back in 2015, the Pope conferred the title of "Archimandrite of the Universal Church" on the medieval Armenian clergyman, theologian, and poet Grigory Narekatsi. Pope Francis thus confirmed the decision of the Congregation of Saints of the Holy See, according to which Narekatsi deserves recognition of the highest church award. He also ranked Grigor Narekatsi among the Teachers of the Catholic Church. It is noteworthy that the list of the Church's Teachers consists of 36 names, one of which is Saint Gregory Narekatsi.
And already in April 2018, a statue of Grigor Narekatsi was installed in the Vatican. The sculpture, installed in the Vatican Gardens, was made in the Czech Republic by an Armenian sculptor, People's Artist of Armenia - David Yerevantsi.
Narekatsi was born in the 10th century into the family of Bishop Khosrov from the village of Narek in the province of Vaspurakan, and from childhood was associated with the spiritual world and religious and philosophical literature. He was educated at the Narek monastery, under Anania Narekatsi, then became a monk.
Narekatsi owns numerous works of Peru, but the culmination of his literary heritage is the poem "The Book of Sorrowful Chants" or "Narek" - the greatest creation of thought in Armenian medieval literature, the greatest artistic value, for which Narekatsi became famous not only in Armenian, but also in world literature. Grigor Narekatsi was canonized by the Armenian Apostolic Church.