Next Tuesday, September 20, the Armenian Church commemorates the life of Princess Shushanig, daughter of Vartan Mamigonian and great-granddaughter of Sahag Bartev. Her father’s life and martyrdom influenced her to become a devout and faithful Christian. Her birth name was Varteny, but she was called Shushanig because of her extraordinary piety. She was married to Vazken, a son of a Georgian king, and had three sons and a daughter. After being called to Persia, her husband renounced the Christian faith and sought to force Shushanig to likewise renounce Christianity. Even after years of imprisonment and torture she refused to renounce the faith for which her father had fought so valiantly.