Dec. 16 The Holy Prophet Haggai

Bulletin as of December 15 2023

The holy prophet Haggai was the 10th of the 12 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. 


Your eyes were opened to pure spiritual reality that is all from God which you prophesied and understood, O all-praised prophet, guide of peaceful repentance. Therefore we celebrate your holy memory, and we pray you, to intercede especially for prayers to God, O Haggai.


Your mind was enlightened with the fire of the Spirit; you proclaimed the mysteries of God, O prophet. You revealed what was to come, pointing to the mysteries of what was to happen. Pray Christ God to have mercy on us. 


Ephesians 2: 11-13

Brothers and sisters: You men of Gentile stock — called “ uncircumcised” by those who, in virtue of a hand-executed right on their flash, call themselves “circumcised” — remember that, informer times, you had no part in Christ, and were excluded from the community of Israel. You were strangers to the covenant and its promise; you were without hope, and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off, have been brought near through the blood of Christ.


Luke 14: 1-11

At that time Jesus came on a sabbath to eat a meal in the house of one of the leading Pharisees, and the Pharisees observed him closely. Directly in front of him was a man who suffered from dropsy. Jesus asked the lawyers and the Pharisees, “ is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” At this they kept silent. Jesus took the man, healed him, and sent him on his way. Then he addressed himself to them: “ if one of you has a son or an ox, and he falls into a pit, will he not immediately rescue him on the sabbath day?” This they could not answer.

Jesus went on to address a parable to the guest, noticing how they were trying to get the places of honor at the table: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding party, do not sit in the place of honor in case some greater dignitary has been invited. Then the host might come and say to you, ‘Make room for this man,’ and you would have to proceed shamefacedly to the lowest place. What you should do when you have been invited, is go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host approaches you he will say, ‘My friend, come up higher.’ This will win you the esteem of your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humble himself shall be exalted.”

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