The Holy Prophet Joel lived 800 years before the Birth of Christ. He made prediction about the desolation of Jerusalem. He likewise prophesied, that upon all flesh would be poured out the Holy Spirit through the Saviour of the world (Joel 2: 28-32).
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.
(Also commemorated are Varus and Cleopatra, in the icon with St. Joel.)
Holy Prophet Joel, Troparion Tone II —
The memory of Thy prophet Joel We celebrate today, O Lord. By his prayers, we beseech Thee,// Christ God, save our souls!
Kontakion Tone II —
Divinely eloquent prophet, Filled with the inspiration of the comforter, You revealed the enlightenment of the nations to take place in these latter days! Therefore we praise you now with faith. We celebrate your memory, crying out to you:// “Pray to Christ God on behalf of our souls!”
Holy Martyr Varus, Troparion, Tone IV —
In his suffering, O Lord,/ Thy martyr Varus received an imperishable crown from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ he set at nought the tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By his supplications save Thou our souls.
Kontakion of the Martyr, Tone IV —
Following Christ, O Martyr Varus,/ and draining His cup,/ thou wast crowned with the wreath of martyrdom/ and joinest chorus with the angels.// Pray thou without ceasing for our souls.