Commemorated on January 3rd
Holy Prophet Malachias (Malachi)
Prophet Malachias ("messenger of God") is the last of the twelve minor Prophets, and also of all the Prophets of the Old Testament. He prophesied in the days of Nehemias, a wise man among the Hebrews, who also held a high and powerful position in the court of Artaxerxes the Long-armed, King of the Persians, who reigned from 465 to 424 BC. Malachias' book of prophecy is divided into four chapters; he foretold the coming of Christ as the Sun of Righteousness (4:2).
Dismissal Hymn of the Prophet (Second Tone)
A we celebrate the memory of Your Prophet Malachias, O Lord, through him we beseech You to save our souls.
Kontakion of the Prophet (Fourth Tone)
On this day You have appeared
Since the gift of prophecy dwelt in you richly, you, O Prophet, clearly foretold the coming of Christ God and the salvation of the entire world, which is enlightened through grace by His shining forth.