The Commemoration of the Miracle Wrought by Archangel Michael in Colossae (Chonae)
This feast commemorates the miracle that Archangel Michael wrought when he delivered from a church and holy spring named after him from destruction. The church was built by a man of the city of Laodicia in gratitude to God for healing his mute daughter. Archangel Michael appeared to this man in a dream and revealed to him that his daughter would receive the gift of speech after drinking from the water of the spring. The girl actually did receive healing and began to speak. After the miracle, the father and his daughter and all their family were baptized. In fervent gratitude, the father built the church in honour of Archangel Michael. Not only did Christians begin to come to the spring for healing, but also pagans. In so doing, many of the pagans turned from their idols and were converted to the faith in Christ.
At the church, a certain pious man by the name of Archippus served for 60 years as church custodian. By his preaching and by the example of his saintly life he brought many pagans to faith in Christ. With the general malice of that time towards Christians, and especially against Archippus, the pagans thought to destroy the church in order to prevent people from coming to that holy place of healing, and at the same time kill Archippus. Toward this end they made a confluence of the Lykokaperos and Kufos Rivers and directed its combined flow against the church. St. Archippus prayed fervently to Archangel Michael to ward off the danger. Through his prayer, the Archangel appeared at the temple and with a blow of his staff, opened a wide fissure in a rock, and commanded the rushing torrents of water to flow into it. The temple remained unharmed. Seeing such an awesome miracle, the pagans fled in terror. Archippus and the Christians gathered in church glorified God and gave thanks to the holy Archangel Michael for the help. The name of the place where the rivers plunged into the fissure was changed from Colossae to “Chonae”, which means “plunging” or “funnels” in Greek.
Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)
O Commanders of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying, “Deliver us from all danger, as Commanders of the Powers on high!”
Kontakion (Second Tone)
O Michael, who stands altogether radiant before the Trinity together with all the heavenly Hosts, and with them cries aloud the song inspired of God, “As you pass throughout the earth by God’s command and are made wondrous with exceedingly great marvels, cease not to intercede for us all”.