The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist: The Evangelists Matthew (Mt.14:1-12) and Mark (Mark 6:14-29) provide accounts about the martyric end of John the Baptist in the year 32 after the Birth of Christ.

Following the Baptism of the Lord, St John the Baptist was locked up in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch (ruler of one fourth of the Holy Land) and governor of Galilee. (After the death of king Herod the Great, the Romans divided the territory of Palestine into four parts, and put a governor in charge of each part. Herod Antipas received Galilee from the emperor Augustus).

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The Prophet Jonah

GOD sent the prophet Jonah to preach to the people who lived in Nineveh in Assyria. They were enemies of the Israelites. Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh because he feared that if the Assyrians were converted, they might harm his people. Instead, he set out by boat for a far country. In this way he thought he could hide from God.

But God sent a violent storm upon the sea. «Throw me overboard,» said Jonah to the sailors, «for I know that the storm has come because of me.» So, praying to God for mercy, they threw Jonah into the sea. And the wind stopped,

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The Holy Prophet Elijah

Saint Elijah, one who saw God, a miracle-worker and a zealot for faith in God, was born of the tribe of Aaron from the town Tishba for which he was called the Tishbite. When St. Elijah was born, his father Savah saw an angel of God hovering around the child, wrapping the child in fire and giving him a flame to eat. That was a foreshadowing of Elijah’s fiery character and his God-given fiery power. He spent his entire youth in godly thoughts and prayers withdrawing frequently into the wilderness to contemplate and to pray in solitude. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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The Prophet Elijah

ilya1 Kings 17:1; 18:17-19:21 – 2 Kings 2:1-15

After Solomon died, his kingdom was divided, and most of the men who ruled were not wise and great leaders. But there were still a few leaders who listened to the words of the Lord and told the people to do what was right. These people were called prophets. One of these prophets was Elijah, who lived while Ahab was king of Israel.

King Ahab was married to a woman named Jezebel, who worshipped the false god Baal. Ahab also turned to Baal, and even built an altar to him. This made God angrier at Ahab than he had been at any other king. Elijah went to Ahab and told him, «As truly as I serve the Lord, there will be no rain in this land until I say so.»

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Heiligenkalender der Orthodoxen Kirche – 21. Februar (8. Februar)

Hl. Profet Zacharias († 520 vor Chr.).

Der heilige Prophet Zacharias stammte aus dem Stamme Levi und gehört zur Zahl der «12 kleinen Propheten». Er wird «Sichelseher» genannt, wegen in seinem Buche beschriebenen Vision, in welcher er eine Sichelförmige Rolle sah (Zacharias, Kap. 5, 1-4). Das von ihm hinterlassene prophetische Buch besteht aus 14 Kapiteln und enthält eine ausführliche Weissagung über die letzten Tage des irdischen Lebens des Messias, über seinen Einzug in Jerusalem auf einem Esel (Kap. 9, 9), seinen Verrat für 30 Silberinge und die Bestimmung des Geldes (Kap. 11, 12-13), die Durchbohrung der Seite (Kap. 12, 10), die Zerstreuung und Flucht der Jünger aus dem Garten Gethsemane (Kap. 13, 7), die Verfinsterung der Sonne während des Kreuzleidens Christi (Kap. 14, 6-7). Der hl. Prophet Zacharias starb im Jahr 520 vor Christus.


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Message of the day

Hath it not been told thee, O man, what is good? Or what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, and love mercy, and be ready to walk with the Lord thy God?

Micah 6:8

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St Ephraim on Prayer

Efrem the Syrian

A beautiful, inspiring, and deeply comforting short homily by St Ephraim the Syrian:

Not to sin is truly blessed; but those who sin should not despair, but grieve over the sins they have committed, so that, through grief they may again attain blessedness. It is good, then, to pray always and not to lose heart, as the Lord says, And again the Apostle says, ‘Pray without ceasing’, that is by night and by day and at every hour, and not only when coming into the church, and not bothering at other times. But whether you are working, lying down to sleep, travelling, eating, drinking, sitting at table, do not interrupt your prayer, for you do not know when he who demands your soul is coming. Don’t wait for Sunday or a feast day, or a different place, but, as the Prophet David says, ‘in every place of his dominion’.

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