Excerpt from A Brief Historical Sketch: Of the Holy Apostolic Church of Armenia The Armenians received the holy Religion of Christ through the Apostles Ss. Thaddaeus and Bartholomew, who preached the Gospel in Armenia and laid the foundation of the Church of Christ there. This Church of Armenia was the first Christian Church established among the heathen nations. The Armenian King Abgar had fixed his capital at Edessa, and ruled over Mesopotamia. He was troubled with a disease (leprosy), which proved to be beyond the skill of all physicians. He heard from certain officers of his - whom he had sent to Palestine to secure for himself the interest of the Roman general Marinus with the Emperor - of the wonderful cures wrought by Christ; and so he sent messengers( see Note A) to Him, with a letter asking Him to come to Edessa and cure him. Our Lord replied that He could t do so, but that after His Ascension one of His disciples would go and cure him (see Note B).In accordance with this promise, after the Lord had ascended to heaven, in the year A.D.36, the Apostle Thaddaeus went to Edessa, taking with him the Spear with which Christ's sacred side was pierced on the Cross. Saint Thaddaeus cured Abgar, and having preached the Gospel baptized the King and all his household as well as the people of Edessa, and thus established the Church of Armenia. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.