|Catholicos Garegin II|
Whoa! Check out that monument hanging around Garegin's neck. I'm not really a bling fan, but combine something like that with a wooden staff, a cassock, maybe the hood, and a respectable beard and it can work. Garegin's rocking the look. Nerses too, I'll bet.
|Nerses the Great (the Pleasant, the Happy)|
In the midst of intrigue and war, Nerses stepped up to be the Catholicos of All Armenians. He was a widower with two grown sons, both of whom went on to hold high positions in the Church. To discuss his connections might conjure a sense of political favoritism, maybe even corruption. Be assured of his religious sincerity and his assiduous work, but first, be informed of these connections. His uncle was King Tiran, whose distaste for the reforms of Catholicos St. Husik was so strong that he ordered the patriarch executed. Don't feel too bad about it though -- Tiran was captured by the Persians, blinded and held hostage. The Armenians submitted to Persian domination in order to get their king back, but Tiran then abdicated in favor of Arshak II, whose sword-bearer (Nerses) he elevated to the vacant spot of Catholicos.
|Nerses the Cranky Old Man|
|Tom Hagen and Frankie Five Angels talk about the right thing|
This allowed King Pap to come to the throne. Yeah, his name was Pap. Sometimes it is translated as Bab, but I don't think that helps much. Actually, maybe a little. Babs was one of the bunnies on Tiny Toon Adventures, but Pap is just a smear. And that's sort of how I feel about Pap, who restored the Catholicos to his seat, but then poisoned him when they had a falling out over Pap's many grievous and self-indulgent sins.
Tough times call for tough people. The Armenians have had a couple millennia of tough times. And they couldn't do better than Nerses for a model of courage when the going gets tough.