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Commemorated on August 14th

Micah the Prophet

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Prophet Micah, whose name means "who is like God?", was a Morasthite from the land of Judah. He prophesied more than 50 years in the days of Joatham, Ahaz, and Hezekias, Kings of Judah. These kings reigned in the eighth century before Christ. From this it is clear that this Micah is not the one who was the son of Iembla (or Imlah-III Kings 22:8), who censured Ahab and was murdered by Ahab's son Joram, as the Synaxaristes says; for this Joram reigned the ninth century before Christ.

Yet Micah was still prophesying, as mentioned above, in the days of Hezekias, who was a contemporary of Hosea and Esaias, and of Hoshea, the last King of the ten tribes of Israel, when that kingdom was destroyed by Salmanasar (Shalmaneser), King of the Assyrians (IV Kings 17: 1 - 16; 18: 1). This Micah is sixth in rank among the minor Prophets. His book of prophecy is divided into seven chapters; he prophesied that the Christ would be born in Bethlehem (Michaias 5: 2). In the reign of St Theodosios the Great, the holy relics of the Prophets Micah and Abbacum were found through a divine revelation to Zebennus, Bishop of Eleutheropolis.

Dismissal Hymn (Second Tone)

As we celebrate the memory of Your Prophet Micah, O Lord, through him we beseech You to save our souls.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

You were enlightened with beams from the Holy Spirit, setting forth in prophecy the condescension of Christ God, O blessed Micah; and by His grace, we who revere you are saved from eternal death.