Monday, October 14, 2019 UTC

JULY 20: FEAST OF ELIJAH – GREAT PROPHET (SIMPLE HOLY DAY) & BLESSING OF VEHICLES

s_elijahlarge JULY 20: CONFESSION – 3:00 PM, VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY – 4:00 PM (NOTE: CARS TO BE BLESSED AT DIVINE LITURGY ON SATURDAY, JULY 20TH, & SUNDAY, JULY 21ST).

On July 20th we commemorate the holy prophet Elijah who was taken into heaven on a fiery chariot and who was reading scripture while in his chariot. The glorious prophet Elias is therefore known as the patron saint of vehicles, reminding us that we must struggle to manifest holiness in our lives, especially when we travel. Elijah, meaning “My God is Yahweh” was a prophet and a wonder-worker in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab (9th century BC), according to the Biblical Books of Kings. According to the Books of Kings, Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Canaanite god Baal (which was considered as idol worship); he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind (accompanied by a chariot and horses of flame or riding in it).