The Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah)
Prophet Zephaniah 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 BC. His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters. His name means “Yah is darkness”.
Dismissal Hymn (Second Tone)
As we celebrate the memory of You Prophet Zephaniah. O Lord, through him we beseech You to save our souls.
Kontakion (Fourth Tone)
You was shown to be illumined by the Divine Spirit, O Prophet, Zephaniah proclaiming God’s manifestation, and you preached: Rejoice greatly, O daughters of Sion and of Jerusalem; behold, your King comes, bringing salvation.
Our Righteous Father John, Bishop and Hesychast
Apolytikion of John the Hesychast in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
You are a guide of Orthodoxy, a teacher of piety and modesty, a luminary of the world, the God inspired pride of monastics. O wise John, you have enlightened everyone by your teachings. You are the harp of the Spirit. Intercede to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.
Also celebrated today are:
- Holy Martyrs Agapius and Seleucius
- Theodore, Archbishop of Alexandria
- Angelis the New Martyr
- Karpos the Hieromartyr