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Prophet Haggai (Aggæus—50 B.C.). Martyr Marinus of Rome (3rd c.). Bl. Empress Theophano (Theophania—893-4). St Sophia (1542).

SAINT HAGGAI

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The Holy Prophet Haggai was the tenth of the Twelve Minor Prophets. He was of the Tribe of Levi and he prophesied during the times of the Persian emperor Darius Hystaspis (prior to 500 B.C.). Upon the return of the Jews from the Babylonian Captivity, he persuaded the people to build the Second Temple at Jerusalem, and he proclaimed that the Messiah would appear in this Temple in the last times.
It is believed that Haggai was buried with the priests at Jerusalem, since he was descended from Aaron.

Troparion of the saint, tone 2

We celebrate the memory of Your prophet Haggai, O Lord; through him we beseech You: save our souls.

Kontakion of the saint, tone 4

Illumined by the Spirit, your heart was a vessel of illustrious prophecy, seeing far-off things as though they were present. Therefore, we venerate you, glorious prophet Haggai.

Colossians 1:3-6 (Epistle)

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We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

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since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;

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because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,

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which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

Luke 14:1-11 (Gospel)

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Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.

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And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy.

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And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

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But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.

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Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”

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And they could not answer Him regarding these things.

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So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:

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When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;

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and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.

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But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.

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For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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