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Komitas

KOMITAS. Komitas I Aghtsetsi, Catholicos of All Armenians. b. ca. 560; d. 628. A well-known churchman, poet, and musician. When he was Catholicos (primate) of the Armenian church (615-628) the relics of a group of nuns, headed by Gayanē and including Hrip’simē, who was of famed beauty, were discovered in Edjmiadsin. Komitas constructed the Church of St. Hrip’simē in 618, where the remains were interned, and composed the hymn ‘Andzink’ nvirealk’’ (‘Devoted souls’) to celebrate the occasion. He is primarily remembered for the composition of this hymn. In Patmut’iwn hayots (‘History of the Armenians’), Agathangeghos tells the story of ‘The Martydom of the Hrip’simēants’, which occured during...

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