Մխիթար Սեբաստացի

Mkhitar Sebastatsi was born in Sebastia on February 7, 1676․Mkhitar (real name is Manuk) Sebastatsi studied at the St. Nshan of Sebastia, then in the monasteries of Echmiadzin, Sevan, Karin. In 1693 he left for Beria (now Aleppo), where he met with Catholic missionaries. In 1696 he was ordained a celibate priest and in 1699 he was ordained a priest. In 1701 he founded a congregation in Constantinople. In 1705, with the consent of the Roman authorities to establish a monastery, in 1706 he began construction of a monastery in the Greek Methon fortress in Venice, Greece. In 1712 the Pope granted Sebastian the title of abbot. Avoiding Turkish attacks, in 1715 the congregation moved to Venice. In 1717, the Venice Senate granted the Congregation St. Lazar Island by charter. Here Sebastatsi built a church, opened a school, trained fellow believers. In St. Lazarus has been involved in bibliographical work, conducting philological research of his students, doing translations, publishing books. After Sebastatsi’s death, the monastery was named Mkhitaryan in his honor. Still in his lifetime he was honored with the name of the Second Illuminator, the Second Mesrop and other saints:

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