September 4 Holy Prophet Moses the God-seer

Read the Life of the Prophet Moses here

The Holy Prophet and God-Seer Moses was of the tribe of Levi, the son of Abram and Jochabed (Exodus 6:20). His life is described in the Bible (Exodus 2 through Deuteronomy 34:12).

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of the Prophet Moses 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.

Let Moses, the first among the prophets, be praised, for he was the first to converse openly with God, face to face, not in indistinct images, but beholding Him as in the guise of the flesh.

God gaveth thee to thy people Israel as a divine leader and deliverer, O Godseer Moses, for thou didst pray to the Father, announcing thy birth through the anointing of the promise.

Thy native virtues found thee to be a treasure of wisdom hidden by the knowledge of God as in an ark, O God-seer Moses; wherefore thou wast reared by the queen and divine providence.

Thou wast filled exceedingly with ineffable knowledge, O God-seer, and the Holy Spirit, through an angel, manifestly gaveth thee knowledge of events of the past.

Splendidly bearing divine rays, thou didst astonish Egypt with divine signs, most gloriously transforming the nature of the elements, O all-wise one.

The beauty of thy comeliness illumineth the splendid life with divine rays, O blessed one, and draweth all to the beauty of God of which one can never have enough.

When the impediment to thy speech and voice were removed by divine providence, O God-seer, thou wast revealed as a proclaimer of the mysteries of God by thy words and didst smite the Egyptians with plagues.

How glorious is thy calling, O God-seer! How awesome the working of thy wonders! For God, He Who Is, appeared to thee, and, exalting thee with glory, sent thee to Israel as its savior.

Thou didst strike down all the firstborn of Egypt, just as Christ slew the might of the demons; for the things wrought by thee were truly an image of that which was to come, O glorious one.

Thou strikest the Red Sea and makest great divisions with thy staff, O Godseer, that therein thou mayest show forth the divine power of the Cross.

"O most lovely boldness! O pure purity of soul! For thou hast acknowledged me beyond all others, appearing to me noetically!" the God-seer cried out to God.

Sheltered by the stone, thou didst not see the face of God, for it was hidden, O God-seer, but didst recognize the incarnation of the Word in His back parts.

Having mustered Israel as a mighty army of God, thou didst destroy the evils of the seven Canaanite nations, giving their land to the people for their inheritance.

Ineffably entering the divine darkness into which God called thee, O Moses, thou didst receive the tablets of the law which His finger inscribed, in that thou wast His great favorite.

God appointed the God-seer Moses to listen to His voice, revealing Himself to him, that he might show forth His dread mysteries with glory.

As the divine recorder of ineffable visions of God, O wise God-seer Moses, devising by word the whole plan of the tabernacle thou didst commit its fashioning to Bezalel the chief artisan.

When Korah dared to perform priestly ministry with thee, he was seen carried down into Hades alive, when thou, O Moses, didst preserve the order of sacrifice precious to God, and the kingdom and the priesthood.

When thou didst did command the army of the Hebrew people of old, O Moses, Michael, the commander of the armies of heaven and the divine guardian of thy body, appeared to thee; and he put to shame the author of evil who opposed thee.

In that thou art meek thou didst hearken, and by thy works didst truly become the favorite of God. Wherefore, thou wast favored by the Lord more than all other prophets, O Moses; and He abode with thee and taught thee to chant with faith: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord!

Manifest as an initiate of the mysteries of God, His minister, and the ruler of Israel, O God-seer Moses, thou didst proclaim that Christ would come in the flesh, describing His dread and divine advent by thyself; for thou wast manifestly shown to be a faithful prophet and His animate image.

By the words of thy prophecy and through the precepts of the law, with faith thou didst instruct the people, guiding them with signs, wonders and the performing of miracles; for thou wast shown by God to be their leader, O Godseer Moses. Wherefore, with great glory thou hast passed over to thy fathers.

Even after thy death thou didst see the Lord, O God-seer, and not in dim images as before thou didst in the rock; but thou didst behold Him as Christ in a human body, illumining all with His divinity.

Mount Tabor hath achieved glory far surpassing that of Sinai, for there Moses from among the dead and the Tishbite from the lands of the living, together with the apostles, beheld Christ transfigured as God.

Save me by thy merciful supplication and the boldness of thy prayers, as thou didst save Israel from misfortunes, O God-seer Moses, and save the fullness of the Christian race from all harm, for it hymneth thee.