Saints

ST. VAHAN OF GOGHTN

On Tuesday, January 25, the Armenian Church celebrates St. Vahan of Goghtn. He was the son of an Armenian prince and was abducted at age four by the Arabs. He grew up in the royal court in Damascus, where he was forced to convert to Islam. Catholicos John of Otzoon negotiated an agreement with the Arab emir for the repatriation of many Armenians who were held captive. Vahan, who was aware of his Christian heritage, wished to return to Armenia. He lived peacefully for about ten years. Subsequently there was a concerted attempt by the Arab royal family to bring him back. Vahan refused. After a period of peregrination, he was apprehended, imprisoned, tortured, and martyred in 737.