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Malachi the Prophet

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January 3

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The Prophet Malachi ("messenger of God") is the last of the twelve minor Prophets, and also of all the Prophets of the Old Testament. He prophesied in the days of Nehemias, a wise man among the Jews, who also held a high and powerful position in the court of Artaxerxes the Long-armed, King of the Persians, who reigned from 465 to 424 B.C. Malachis' book of prophecy is divided into four chapters; he foretold the coming of Christ as the Sun of Righteousness (4:2)

Apolytikion of Prophet Malachi in the Second Tone

As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Malachi, O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls.

Kontakion of Prophet Malachi in the Fourth Tone

Since the gift of prophecy dwelt in thee richly, thou, O Prophet, clearly didst foretell the coming of Christ God and the salvation of all the world, which is enlightened through grace by His shining forth.