Solomon the Prophet icon (2)
Orthodox icon of the Prophet Solomon. Contemporary icon
Commemorated December 13.
The sizes of this icon are approximate.
Sophonias the Prophet
Orthodox icon of Prophet Sophonias. Copy of an icon of 13 cent. Mount Athos.
NOTICE: the sizes of the icon are NOT exact.
Commemorated December 3
This Prophet, who is ninth in order among the minor Prophets, was the son of Chusi (Cushi), from the tribe of Levi, or according to some, the great-grandson of King Hezekias. He prophesied in the years of Josias, who reigned in the years 641-610 before Christ. His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters. His name means "Yah is darkness."
Zachariah the Prophet and St. Elizabeth icon
Zachariah the Prophet icon
Orthodox Icon of Prophet Zachariah, Zacharias.
Commemorated September 5.
Protector Saint of : Older Couples
The Holy Prophet Zachariah and the Righteous Elizabeth were the parents of the holy Prophet, John the Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord. Zachariah was a priest in the Jerusalem Temple, and Elizabeth was the sister of Anna, the mother of the Most Holy Theotokos. They both were childless. During a service in the Temple, Prophet Zachariah was told by an angel that his wife would bear him a son, who will be great in the sight of the Lord (Luke 1:15) and will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias (Luke 1:17).
Zachariah doubted this prediction was punished for his weak faith by being made mute. When Elizabeth gave birth to a son, and announced that his name was John, although no one in their family had this name. They asked Zachariah and he also wrote the name John down on a tablet. Immediately the gift of speech returned to him, and he began to prophesy about his son as the Forerunner of the Lord. King Herod knew about John's unusual birth and he wanted to kill him, fearing that he was the foretold King of the Jews. But Elizabeth hid herself and the infant in the hills. One day when Zachariah was taking his turn at the services in the Temple, soldiers sent by Herod tried discover the whereabouts of his son.
By command of Herod, they murdered this holy prophet, having stabbed him between the temple and the altar (MT 23: 35).