July 20 Holy Prophet Elijah

Read the Life of the Prophet Elijah here

The Holy Prophet Elijah is one of the greatest of the prophets and the first dedicated to virginity in the Old Testament.

Elijah was born in Tishba of Gilead into the Levite tribe 900 years before the Incarnation of the Word of God.

In iconography the Prophet Elijah is depicted ascending to Heaven in a fiery chariot, surrounded with flames, and harnessed to four winged horses.

We pray to St. Elijah for deliverance from drought, and to ask for seasonable weather.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Elijah from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

Desiring to behold the fiery power of the miracles of Elijah, his fiery and honored tongue and strength of spirit, we have assembled as is meet.

O God-bearer, our lips and the muteness and lack of skill of our tongue do thou open through the activity of the Spirit which is within thee, and illumine us, that we may be able to hymn thy wonders.

Thou dost grant that which transcendeth nature unto them that have submitted to Thine honored precepts, O Word, and Thou dost make the portals of the rain subject to them through the Spirit, confirming their word.

He, that alone sustaineth every living thing by His good will, though a raven provided thee with a banquet as a chosen guest, O Prophet. To Him do we all cry out: Thou art our God, and there is none holy save Thee, O Lord!

Grace be to the Benefactor and Guardian Who, in His ineffable providence, nourished the widow and the prophet. To Him do we all cry out: Thou art our God, and none is holy save Thee, O Lord!

O thou that didst forbid the rain-laden clouds to pour forth, when the widow of Zarephath was deprived of food, thou didst cause the remnant of her food to increase continually; and thou didst cry out: None is holy save Thee, O Lord!

Thou art shown to be one that cutteth down evil at its root and a planter of virtue, O wise prophet. Wherefore, we bless thee.

With words the widow who fed thee upbraided thee for the death of her son, compelling thee to raise him from the dead.

Thou didst clearly signify the glory of the Trinity with thy threefold breathing, and didst hand back alive the child to his mother.

How thou didst burn, aflame with divine fire and zeal, O prophet, denouncing the king who wrought iniquities!

The Law of thy fathers hath shone thee forth as a true man of prayer, O Elijah, a wonderworker that transformeth the nature of the elements and utterly consumeth the righteous sacrifice with water.

As thou art a true minister of God, thou didst utterly put to shame the prophets of abominable shame, O venerable and most blessed Elijah, clearly marking the power of the Trinity.

Rendering priestly service through the word of grace, O Elijah, thou didst slay the shameful priests with thy blameless hands, consumed with zeal as with fire.

A pillar of piety and the pure life, an instiller of purity, and an emulator of the angels wast thou, O wondrous God-bearer Elijah.

The wrath of the prophet-slaying woman, having frightened thee who had received the power to bind and loose the flow of the rains, O wondrous Elijah, causeth thee to flee.

Having knelt down, thou didst raise on high the supremely exalted eye of thy mind, by thine eminent entreaty causing the rains to be loosed; and with showers didst thou water the furrows of the earth.

Most gloriously vested with divine and formidable power, thou didst undertake a long journey, having eaten of food that sufficed thee for forty days, O wondrous Elijah. Wherefore, thou didst say on Horeb: Blessed is the God of our fathers!

The mild and gentle breeze showed the Lord to thee, O Elijah, who wast zealous for God Almighty: not the wind of the tempest, nor the earthquake, nor yet the fearsome fire. Wherefore, to meek Jesus didst thou chant: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Like the great Moses, thou wast vouchsafed the vision of God and prophecy, O wondrous Elijah, anointing prophets and kings with the Spirit. And having borne witness to the glory of Christ on Tabor, thou didst chant: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

Well did Ahab find the just destruction of his house, through the prophet's condemnation, to be the dread retribution for his vile commission of murder. And with fiery mind the Tishbite chanted a hymn unto the Bestower of life: All ye works of the Lord, hymn and supremely exalt Him for all ages!

Fire rained down from heaven for thee, O Elijah, twice consuming captains of fifty, in that thou art God's chosen minister; for to Him that controlleth everlasting life thou didst in godly manner declaim the hymn: All ye works of the Lord, hymn and supremely exalt Him for all ages!

On Tabor Christ showed thee to be an initiate of the mystery of His divine incarnation, as thou wast an instiller of purity and a most divine offshoot of virginity, showing the unapproachable light of the Godhead in His Body to thee that criest out: All ye works of the Lord, hymn and supremely exalt Him for all ages!

Having lived on earth the course which man cannot change, and crossed the Jordan's stream by means of his mantle, the Tishbite, that air-borne charioteer, made a strange and heaven-traversing journey in the Spirit.

The Tishbite, aflame with the zeal of piety, was taken up on a fiery chariot; and he let drop his mantle; and Elisha, robed therein, received divine grace which he could not conceal.

The Tishbite and Moses the God-seer beheld in revelation on Tabor what eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, and what hath not entered into the hearts of earth-born men: the Lord Almighty, incarnate.