This Kontakion, a form of sung sermon, was composed by Saint Romanos the Melodist around 500. Note how Saint Romanos explains the prophet’s ascent in the last verses.
In the ranks of the Old Testament prophets, a special position is occupied by the Prophet Elijah, whose sacred memory the Church honours and celebrates today. In the New Testament, the name of the Prophet Elijah is frequently mentioned by Christ Himself. Zacharias, the father of the Forerunner, said that John would come “in the spirit and power of Elijah”, that is, that he would have the features and the zeal of the Prophet Elijah, that he would be the Prophet Elijah himself, whose return the people were awaiting. When Jesus bore witness to John the Baptist and praised him highly, He said that he was Elijah: “If you want, accept that he is Elijah who was to come”.
1. Monastery of Prophet Elias, Jerusalem A 12th C Greek-Orthodox monastery, on the side of the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Built over the ruins of a Byzantine church, it serviced the pilgrimage route to Bethlehem. The monastery is named after prophet Elijah (St. Elias), who according to tradition stopped here on his way […]
What shall we say of the widow in the Old Testament in the time of the prophet Elias? For the risk she ran was not of poverty, but even of death and extinction, and not her own only, but her children’s too. For neither had she any expectation of receiving from others, but of presently […]
It is true, that some of us –both of the laity and of the Clergy- have not observed with the appropriate attention the relative passage of the Old Testament, in which is mentioned the ascension of the Prophet Elijah. If one studies this passage carefully, one will notice there is a tiny, 2-letter (Greek) […]
“As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years but according to my word” (I Kings 17:1). These words are terrible sounding to every mortal ear, for a man spoke them, a man subject to like passions as we are (James 5:17). You ask […]
The Life of Prophet Elias, also known as Elijah.