Feast of St. Sarkis the Captain

Valentine's Day

Love is one of the most beautiful feelings that one can experience, and this is the reason why there is a special day on the calendar when the entire world celebrates the holiday dedicated to the patron of romance and love. Armenia is not an exception either, but unlike all the other countries, our patron of love and youth is not well-known St. Valentine but St. Sarkis the Captain.

Who is Saint Sarkis the Captain?

Saint Sarkis is one of the most beloved saints among the Armenians. He and his only son – Martyros together with 14 soldiers were murdered for the sake of their religion Christianity.
At first St. Sarkis was living in Cappadocia where he was assigned as the prince and General in chief of the region. But afterwards persecutions against Christians began and he was obliged to leave the country. He came to live in Armenia, but soon he joined the Persian army. However this was his path to the direct death. King Shapouh knowing the fact that Sarkis was Christian demanded that he worshiped fire, but he disobeyed and saying that he believed only in the Holy Trinity ruined the temple. After this, he was imprisoned and later beheaded with his son and 14 other soldiers (362-363).
Fortunately, St. Mesrop Mashtots brought back his relics to the village Karbi (Ashtarak Region) and now there is a church called St. Sarkis over them.

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