Monday, August 20, 2018 UTC

JULY 19: FEAST OF ELIJAH – GREAT PROPHET (SIMPLE HOLY DAY)

s_elijahlarge JULY 19: READERS VESPERS  – 6:30 PM (NOTE: CARS TO BE BLESSED AT DIVINE LITURGY ON SATURDAY, JULY 21ST, & SUNDAY, JULY 22ND).

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).