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Ninth Sunday of Matthew
Forefeast of the Formation of the Theotokos
Prophet Micah; New-martyr Simeon of Trebizond
August 14th, 2022

On August 14 in the Holy Orthodox Church, we prepare to celebrate the Dormition of the Most-holy Theotokos,
and commemorate the holy and glorious Prophet Micah.

V erses
I am lifted from the earth, and if I reach Heaven,
I, Micah, shall get there thanks to thee, O scaffold.
On the fourteenth Micah on wood was lifted up.

Of the tribe of Judah and from the village of Morasth, Micah was a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah, Amos and Hosea, and the Judean kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. He denounced the vices of his people and denounced also the prophets who prophesied “of wine and strong drink.” He foretold the fall of Samaria, which would come about because the city’s elders took a bribe and the priests teach for hire, and prophets divine for money. “Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps.” But, of all his prophecies, the most important are those of the Messiah, and especially of the place of His birth. He named Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah, “Whose goings-forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (5:2). Micah’s relics were found next to the relics of the Prophet Habakkuk in the time of the Emperor Theodosius the Great, by some mysterious revelation to the Bishop of Eleutheropolis.

On this day, we also commemorate the New-martyr Simeon of Trebizond. By their intercessions, O Christ God, have mercy upon us. Amen.

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