Saint Cyriacus was born into a peasant family, and became a
monk at the Tazlau Monastery. Since he surpassed the other monks in
humility, prayer, and virtue, he was found worthy of the grace of the
Wishing to attain further perfection, St Cyriacus
withdrew to a mountain called Magura Tazlaului, where he lived for fifty
years. There he struggled in a manner similar to the great hesychasts
of old, sustaining himself with dried bread and fruits, keeping
all-night vigils and shedding copious tears. Through the grace of the
Holy Spirit, he was able to forsee future events, and to cast out evil
In time, many disciples flocked to him seeking spiritual
counsel. These, in turn, became hesychasts and lived in the mountains of
Tazlau, Nichitu, and Tarcau.
After he had reached a great age, St
Cyriacus surrendered his soul to God around 1660. His disciples buried
him in a cave on Magura Tazlaului, and many miracles were worked through
his holy relics.
At the end of the seventeenth century Moldavia
was threatened by great dangers, and many people took refuge in the
forests. The relics of St Cyriacus were divided among the faithful so
that they would not be profaned by infidels. Thus, the mountain cave on
Magura Tazlaului was deprived of its great treasure.
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of
knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshipped the stars
were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and
to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee.
On December 28, the Afterfeast of the Nativity Feast, the Orthodox
Church remembers the 20, 000 martyrs of Nicomedia were burned in their
church while celebrating the Nativity of the Lord in 302.
TROPARION - TONE 4
Your Nativity, O Christ our God, / Has shone to the world the Light of
wisdom! / For by it, those who worshipped the stars, / Were taught by a
Star to adore You, / The Sun of Righteousness, / And to know You, the
Orient from on High. / O Lord, glory to You!
KONTAKION - TONE 3
Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, / And the earth
offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! / Angels with shepherds glorify
Him! / The wise men journey with a star! / Since for our sake the
Eternal God was born as a Little Child!
Saint Theodore, Archbishop of Constantinople, was a native of
Constantinople, led a pious life, was ordained as a priest and served
in the cathedral of Hagia Sophia, where he was also the keeper of the
In the year 676 he was chosen to be Patriarch of
Constantinople, although after two years he was deposed because of
slander. But truth triumphed, and St Theodore was restored to the
Patriarchal throne in 683. He then guided the Church of Constantinople
to the very end of his life. He died around the year 686.
The Hieromartyr Euthymius, Bishop of Sardis, during the
period of the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitos
(780-797) and the empress Irene (797-802), was chosen Bishop of Sardis
because of his virtuous life. He was also present at the Seventh
Ecumenical Council (787), at which he denounced the Iconoclast heresy.
the Iconoclast emperor Nicephorus I (802-811) came to rule, St
Euthymius and other Orthodox hierarchs were banished to the island of
Patalareia, where they languished for a long time. Recalled from exile
by the emperor Leo V (813-820), the bishop boldly denounced the
Iconoclast heresy, and they sent him into exile to the city of Assia.
The next emperor, Michael II the Stammerer (820-829), attempted to make
him renounce icon-veneration, but without success.
Then the holy
martyr was flogged and banished to the island of Crete. Michael was
succeeded on the throne by the Iconoclast emperor Theophilus (829-842),
on whose order St Euthymius was subjected to cruel tortures: they
stretched him on four poles and beat him with ox thongs. St Euthymius
fell asleep in the Lord several days after the torture.
The Holy Martyr Eugenia, was a Roman by birth. She lived at
Alexandria, where her father Philip was sent by the emperor Commodus
(180-192) to be Prefect of Egypt. Eugenia received a fine upbringing and
was noted for her beauty and good disposition. Many illustrious youths
sought her hand, but she did not wish to marry anyone, for she was
determined to preserve her virginity.
Providentially, she became
acquainted with the Epistles of the Apostle Paul. She yearned with all
her soul to become a Christian, but kept this a secret from her parents.
At that time, Christians were banished from Alexandria by the command
of the emperor. Wishing to learn more about Christian teachings, she
asked permission to visit one of the family estates outside the city,
supposedly to enjoy the countryside. She left in the company of her two
servants Protus and Hyacinthus, dressed in men’s clothes. She and her
companions were baptized at a certain monastery by Bishop Elias (July
14), who learned about her in a vision. He blessed her to pursue
asceticism at the monastery disguised as the monk Eugene.
ascetic labors, St Eugenia acquired the gift of healing. Once, a rich
young woman named Melanthia turned to her for help. Seeing “Eugene,”
this woman burned with an impure passion, and when she was spurned, she
falsely accused the saint of attempted rape. St Eugenia came to trial
before the Prefect of Egypt (her father), and she was forced to reveal
her secret. Her parents and brothers rejoiced to find the one for whom
they had long grieved.
After a while they all accepted holy
Baptism. But Philip, after being denounced by pagans, was dismissed from
his post. The Alexandrian Christians chose him as their bishop. The new
Prefect, fearing the wrath of the people, did not dare to execute
Philip openly, but sent assassins to kill him. They inflicted wounds
upon St Philip while he was praying, from which he died three days
St Claudia went to Rome with her sons, daughter, and her
servants. There St Eugenia continued with monastic life, and brought
many young women to Christ. Claudia built a wanderers’ hostel and aided
the poor. After several peaceful years, the emperor Galienus (260-268)
intensified the persecution against Christians, and many of them found
refuge with Sts Claudia and Eugenia.
Basilla, an orphaned Roman
girl of imperial lineage, heard about the Christians and St Eugenia. She
sent a trusted servant to the saint asking her to write her a letter
explaining Christian teachings. St Eugenia sent her friends and
co-ascetics, Protus and Hyacinthus, who enlightened Basilla, and she
accepted holy Baptism.
Basilla’s servant then told her fiancé
Pompey that his betrothed had become a Christian. Pompey then complained
to the emperor against the Christians for preaching celibacy and
denouncing idolatry. Basilla refused to enter into marriage with Pompey,
and so they killed her with a sword.
They dragged Sts Protus and
Hyacinthus into a temple to make them sacrifice to the idols, but just
as they entered, the idol fell down and was shattered. The holy Martyrs
Protus and Hyacinthus were beheaded. They also brought St Eugenia to the
temple of Diana by force, but she had not even entered it, when the
pagan temple collapsed with its idol.
They threw the holy martyr
into the Tiber with a stone about her neck, but the stone became untied
and she remained unharmed. She also remained unscathed in the fire. Then
they cast her into a pit, where she remained for ten days. During this
time the Savior Himself appeared to her and said that she would enter
into the heavenly Kingdom on the day He was born. When this radiant
Feast came, the executioner put her to death with a sword. After her
death, St Eugenia appeared to her mother to tell her beforehand the day
of her own death.
TROPARIAON - TONE 4
Your lamb Eugenia, O Jesus, / Calls out to You in a loud voice: / I love
You, O my bridegroom, / And in seeking You, I endure suffering. / In
Baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, / And died so that
I might live with You. / Accept me as a pure sacrifice, / For I have
offered myself in love. / By her prayers save our souls, since You are
KONTAKION - TONE 4
You left the passing glory of the world to follow Christ, / Keeping
spotless the brilliance of your soul, / O inspired Martyr Eugenia,
worthy of all praise!
These Saints, who were all from Crete, contested for
piety's sake during the reign of Decius, in the year 250. Theodulus,
Saturninus, Euporus, Gelasius, and Eunician were from Gortynia, the
capital; Zoticus was from Knossos; Agathopus, from the port city of
Panormus; Basilides, from Cydonia; Evarestus and Pompey, from Heraklion.
Haled before the Governor as Christians, they were subjected to
torments for thirty days, being scourged, racked, dragged upon the
ground through dung heaps, stoned, spit upon. They were questioned
again, but their costancy roused the Governor to greater fury. After
subjecting them to torments more bitter still, he had them beheaded.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone
Let us now honour Crete, that land most marvellous, which
sprouted forth the ten flowers revered by all, those goodly pearls of
Christ our God, those verdant boughs of the Martyrs; for although they
were but ten, the most blessed men put to shame the ten thousand
armoured host of the wicked demonic ranks. And hence, they have received
crowns of glory as stout-hearted Martyrs of Christ Saviour.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Shining like a morning star, the Martyrs' contest, worthy of all
reverence, hath shown beforehand unto us Him that was born in a lowly
cave, and Whom the Virgin conceived without seed of man.
This Saint, who was from Rome, was a most comely, wealthy,
and virtuous maiden, the daughter of Praepextatus and Fausta. It was
her mother who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. The Saint was
joined to a man named Publius Patricius, who was prodigal in life and
impious in disposition, but she was widowed after a short time.
Henceforth, she went about secretly to the dwellings of the poor and the
prisons where the Martyrs of Christ were, and brought them whatever was
needed for their daily subsistence. She washed their wounds and loosed
them from their fetters, and consoled them in their anguish. Also,
because the Saint, through her intercessions, has healed many from the
ill effects of spells, potions, poisons, and other harmful substances,
she has received the name "Deliverer from Potions." Since the fame of
her deeds had spread about, she was arrested by Diocletian's minions,
and after enduring many torments she was put to death by fire in the
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O
my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with
Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may
reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me
offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our
souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.
Kontakion in the Second Tone
When they that are found in trials and adversities flee unto thy
church O Anastasia, they receive the august and wondrous gifts of divine
grace which doth abide in thee; for at all times, O Saint of God, thou
pourest forth streams of healings for the world.
Our holy and wonderworking Father Peter, Metropolitan of
Moscow, was born in Volhynia, tonsured a monk at twelve years of age,
and later ordained a priest. He lived in solitude for a time in a desert
place north of Lvov and founded the Holy Transfiguration Monastery;
afterwards he was sent to Constantinople, where the holy Patriarch
Athanasius consecrated him Metropolitan of Kiev in 1308, and he returned
to Vladimir, where the Metropolitans of Kiev had their residence at
that time (see Saint Jonas on June 15). In 1325, he moved to Moscow,
where he founded the Dormition Cathedral, and after his repose on
December 21, 1326, was buried there. He was also an iconographer, and
two of his icons, the Dormition and the Petrovskaya, are found in the
Dormition Cathedral (see also Oct. 5 and Aug. 24).
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
Now the formerly fruitless land rejoiceth; for behold, Christ
hath revealed a light in thee that shineth forth clearly in the world,
and healeth our infirmities and sicknesses. Wherefore, dance and be
merry with boldness; he is a hierarch indeed of the Most High, Who was
his fellow-worker in these things.
Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
On this day, we hasten to thee with love, fashioning a song, O
God-bearing champion and marvellous wonderworker of our land. Since thou
hast boldness before the Lord, deliver us from diverse afflictions,
that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, O support of our city.
Saint Daniel the Hesychast, the great wonderworker and instructor of
monastics, was born in Moldavia at the beginning of the fifteenth
century. He was baptized with the name Dumitru. When he was sixteen, he
became a monk of the monastery of St Nicholas at Radauti and received
the name David. His spiritual Father was St Leontius of Radauti (July
1). After many years of ascetical struggles, he became a chosen vessel
of the Spirit and was ordained to the holy priesthood.
for some years at the monastery of St Laurence in the Civoul de Sus
district. There he fulfilled his obediences during the day, and at night
he kept vigil, prayed, and wove baskets. He received the Great Schema
and the new name Daniel. He obtained the igumen’s blessing to live in
the wilderness in solitude, where he devoted himself to spiritual
struggles. Around 1450, he lived near the Neamts Monastery by Secu creek
for fourteen years. In time, people discovered where he lived and came
to visit him. Longing for solitude, he moved to northern Moldavia and
chiseled out a cell for himself in the face of a cliff near Putna creek.
Next to it, he carved out a small chapel for prayer.
spiritual child St Stephen the Great (July 2) built the Putna Monastery,
which was consecrated in 1470, St Daniel moved near the Voronets
Monastery. Here too, he carved a small cell out of the rock under Soim
(Falcon) Cliff and lived a God-pleasing life for the next twenty years.
He guided many disciples in the principles of the spiritual life, and he
also had the gift of healing the sick of their physical infirmities.
1488, when he was over eighty years old, St Daniel went to live at the
Voronets Monastery, where he was chosen to be the igumen.
Daniel was a great ascetic and wonderworker, wise and clairvoyant.
People from near and far visited him seeking his spiritual advice, or to
confess their sins. He died in 1496 and was buried at the Voronet
Monastery, where people continue to venerate his tomb.
St Daniel was glorified by the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1992.
Saint Daniel the Confessor, (in the schema Stephen) lived in
the tenth century. He was a Spanish dignitary, and prefect of the island
of Niverta. Disdaining worldly glory, he became a monk in Rome and went
on pilgrimage to the holy places at Constantinople and Jerusalem, where
he received the Great Schema and the name Stephen. He received the
crown of martyrdom after he refused the Saracens’ demand that he
renounce Christ and become a Moslem.
Saint Hilarion, Metropolitan of Suzdal and Yuriev (in the
world John), was born November 13, 1631 into the family of the lower
city priest Ananias. His father, famed for his piety and reading, was
one of three candidates for the Patriarchal throne, together with the
future Patriarch Nikon (1652-1658).
John entered a monastery in
1653. In 1655, he became founder and builder of the Phlorischev
wilderness monastery not far from the city of Gorokhovetsa. In his
monastic struggles, the saint wrestled with fleshly passions. When he
fell down in exhaustion before the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God
beseeching Her help, the Mother of God shielded him with gracious power
and calmed his spirit.
Once, when St Hilarion was serving Vespers
together with a hierodeacon, robbers burst into the church. They killed
the deacon and started to set St Hilarion on fire, asking him where the
monastery treasure was hid. They did not believe that there was no gold
in the monastery. Overcome by the pain, St Hilarion turned to the
wonderworking icon and said, “O All-Pure Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord
Jesus Christ! If they injure me with the fire, I shall no longer have
the ability to glorify Thy Son and Thee.” Suddenly the robbers heard the
shouts of people searching for them, and they fled.
time, St Hilarion in passing by the church heard a voice: “I shall
glorify thee throughout all the land.” He trembled, and going into the
vestibule, he found no people there. On the portico he found only the
Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. The ascetic fell down before the
image with tears and confessed his unworthiness.
Later on, when
the saint had begun the construction of a stone church, he was very sad
that concerns about the construction and disagreements among the workers
were distracting him from prayer. While serving in church with the
brethren, he was preoccupied by these thoughts and began to regret
undertaking the work. With tears he besought the Mother of God not to
abandon him and to deliver him from these worries.
finished his prayer, St Hilarion remained alone in church and began
again to think about the construction. And so he fell asleep. In a dream
the Mother of God appeared to him and said, “Transfer My icon, named
the Vladimir, from this hot church and put it in the newly-built stone
church, and I shall be your Helper there”.
St Hilarion awoke and
ordered the large bell to be rung. The monks immediately assembled. All
went to the hot church and, having prayed before the icon, solemnly
transferred it from the portico into the temple. After serving the all
night Vigil, Divine Liturgy and a Molieben, the saint told the brethren
of his vision. Then in procession they transferred the icon to the
church under construction, where they set it in the midst of the woods.
From that time the construction went successfully and was soon
completed. The saint wanted to dedicate the temple in honor of the icon,
but he it was revealed to him in a vision that the temple was to be
consecrated in honor of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos.
the wilderness monastery he maintained a very strict community rule. In
1694, the saint sent a letter to the Phlorischev monastery in which he
reminisced about his own monastic Rule at this monastery: “Under me, a
sinner, no one possessed anything of his own, but all was shared in
common. Many of you may remember that former cenobitic community. And
you also remember that I consigned to the fire those possessions which
would destroy that cenobitic community.”
On December 11, 1681,
the saint was consecrated as Archbishop of Suzdal and Yuriev, and in
1682 he was elevated to the dignity of Metropolitan and remained on the
Suzda’ cathedra until February 1705. The saint died peacefully on
December 14, 1707 and was buried in the Suzdal cathedral in honor of the
Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. The saint was known for his
unceasing concern for the poor. After his death they found only three
The wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God of
Vladimir-Phlorischev (August 26) was painted by the renowned
iconographer John Chirov in 1464 at Nizhni Novgorod in fulfillment of a
vow of John Vetoshnikov.
St Arsenius of Latros, the son of rich, illustrious and pious
parents, was born at Constantinople. He was made Patrician and General
of the Cibyrra military Theme (the Byzantine Empire was divided into 29
Themes, or districts). Once, when he was traveling by sea with his
soldiers, a storm arose and the ships sank. Of all the soldiers only St
Arsenius was saved. After this he became a monk, and he mortified his
flesh by fasting, vigil and hardships.
Later, he came to a
certain place on Mount Latros, in Asia Minor. There he killed a
poisonous viper by his prayer and the Sign of the Cross, and then he
settled in the nearby Kelliboria monastery on the north side of the
mountain, where he was chosen igumen. From the monastery St Arsenius
went to a cave, where he repelled wild beasts by prayer. The brethren of
the monastery asked him to return to them. He did go back, but did not
live with the other monks. He lived alone in a small cell, and for six
days of the week he neither ate any food, nor would he converse with
Finally, St Arsenius attained such perfection that he was
fed by an angel. He was also granted the grace to perform miracles. He
could stir bitter water with his staff and change it into sweet water.
After performing many other miracles, he called the brethren to him and
gave them his final instructions.
After advising them to put
aside all worldly cares and vanities, St Arsenius surrendered his soul
to God. The saint continued to work miracles even after his death.
The holy New Martyr Peter suffered martyrdom in San
Francisco at the time that California belonged to Spain. An Aleut from
Alaska, he and his companions were captured in California by the
Spaniards. When he refused to abandon Orthodoxy to accept Latinism,
which they wished to force upon him, the Spaniards submitted him to a
martyrdom like that suffered by Saint James the Persian, cutting him
apart joint by joint. He died from loss of blood in steadfast confession
of the Faith in 1815.
Apolytikion in the First Tone
O Peter, upon the rock of thy faith hath Christ built His Church,
and in the streams of thy blood hath He hallowed our land. In thee thy
people hath been sanctified, O Aleut; from the farthest islands of the
west hath He raised thee, a light unto all. Glory to Him that hath
glorified thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
As a skilful fisherman, the Martyr Peter was not harmed when he
was caught by adversaries of the Faith; but in a sea of martyric blood,
he gained the Kingdom and drowned bitter heresy.
The Holy Martyr Gemellus of Paphlagonia was subjected to
cruel tortures for his staunch denunciation of the emperor Juilan the
Apostate (361-363) in the city of Ancyra (Galatia). A red-hot iron belt
was placed around his waist. Then he was ordered to accompany the
impious Julian on his journey. When they reached Edessa in Mesopotamia,
he was stretched out on the ground and his limbs were pierced with
wooden stakes. Then he was hung on a post and mutilated.
the tortures, the saint continued to revile the emperor. After being
subjected to even more horrible torments, they let him go. He was still
able to walk and speak, so he went on his way until he met a priest. He
entreated the priest to baptize him, and when he emerged from the water,
his wounds were all healed.
Hearing of this miracle, Julian
ordered that St Gemellus be crucified. The victorious athlete of Christ
gave up his soul to God, and his body was secretly taken down and buried
The Holy Martyrs of Africa (62 Clergy and 300 Laypeople):
They suffered in the time of the emperor Zeno (474-491). Guneric, the
ruler of the Vandal kingdom in North Africa, came under the influence of
heretical Arian bishops and began a fierce persecution against the
When believers had gathered at one of the churches and
secretly celebrated the Divine Liturgy, barbarian soldiers burst into
the church. Some of the worshippers fled, but 300 men voluntarily gave
themselves over to torture and were beheaded. Of the clergy, two were
burned, and sixty had their tongues cut out. By a miraculous Divine
power they continued to preach and to oppose the Arian heresy.
They all endured horrible torments, but remained faithful to Christ and His holy Church.
This Saint lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the
Great, and reposed in 330, As a young man, he desired to espouse the
solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he
found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made
known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but
that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for
many. He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for
his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering
those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal
for the truth. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318
Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius
brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on
the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any
man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary
action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the
night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain
of the bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against
him, since he had acted not out of passion, but extreme love and piety.
The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs, The truth of things hath revealed
thee to thy flock ... was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is
the patron of all travellers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is
one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
A model of faith and the image of gentleness, the example of your
life has shown you forth to your sheep-fold to be a master of
temperance. You obtained thus through being lowly, gifts from on high,
and riches through poverty. Nicholas, our father and priest of priests,
intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.
Kontakion in the Third Tone
Saintly One, (St. Nicholas) in Myra you proved yourself a priest;
for in fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, venerable One, you laid down
your life for your people and saved the innocent from death. For this
you were sanctified as One learned in divine grace.
This Prophet, who is ninth in order among the minor
Prophets, was the son of Chusi (Cushi), from the tribe of Levi, or
according to some, the great-grandson of King Hezekias. He prophesied in
the years of Josias, who reigned in the years 641-610 before Christ.
His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters. His name means "Yah
Apolytikion in the Second Tone
As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Sophonias, O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Thou wast shown to be illumined by the Divine Spirit, O Prophet
Sophonias, proclaiming God's manifestation, and thou didst preach:
Rejoice greatly, O daughters of Sion and of Jerusalem; behold, your King
cometh, bringing salvation.
This Prophet, whose name means "loving embrace," is eighth
in order of the minor Prophets. His homeland and tribe are not recorded
in the Divine Scriptures; according to some, he was of the tribe of
Symeon. He prophesied in the years of Joachim, who is also called
Jechonias, before the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish People, which
took place 599 years before Christ. When Nabuchodonosor came to take the
Israelites captive, Habakkuk fled to Ostrakine, and after Jerusalem was
destroyed and the Chaldeans departed, Habakkuk returned and cultivated
his field. Once he made some pottage and was about to take it to the
reapers in the field. An Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and carried
him with the pottage to Babylon to feed Daniel in the lions' den, then
brought him back to Judea (Bel and the Dragon, 33-39): His book of
prophecy is divided into three chapters; the third chapter is also used
as the Fourth Ode of the Psalter. His holy relics were found in
Palestine during the reign of Emperor Theodosius the Great, through a
revelation to Zebennus, Bishop of Eleutheropolis (Sozomen, Eccl. Hist.,
Book VI 1, 2-9).
Apolytikion in the Second Tone
As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Habakkuk , O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Thou plainly beheldest the sacred disciples of Christ as horses
that troubled the deep sea of ignorance, plunging error into the depths
with their godly teachings, Habakkuk, God-proclaimer; hence, as a true
Prophet, we acclaim thee, while asking that thou shouldst intercede that
we find mercy with God the Lord.
The Prophet Nahum had Elkesaeus (Elkosh) as his homeland,
and was from the tribe of Symeon; he is seventh in order among the
twelve Minor Prophets. He prophesied during the time of Hezekias, after
the destruction of Samaria (721 years before Christ), but before the ten
tribes were taken into captivity; he prophesied against Nineveh, the
capital of Assyria. His name means "comforter." His book of prophecy is
divided into three chapters.
Apolytikion in the Second Tone
As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Nahum, O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Thy pure heart, illumined by the Holy Spirit, was a sacred vessel
of resplendent prophecy, for thou didst see things far off as close at
hand. Hence we revere thee, blest Nahum most glorious.