Tuesday, 13th May 2014 --- 5 Bashans 1730
The Fifth Day of the Blessed Month of Bashans
Martyrdom of St.Jeremiah the Prophet
On this day, the prophet Jeremiah, one
of the major prophets, the son of Hilkiah the priest, was martyred. He
prophesied in the days of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah and Jehoiakim
son of Josiah. God had chosen him for He said: "Before I formed you in
the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained
you a prophet to the nations"
(Jerimiah 1:5). He rebuked the children of Israel
for they left the worship of God and rejected His Commandments. He warned
them of the anger of God if they did not return on their transgressions.
When he saw their hard hearts and the fast approaching judgement of the
Lord, he prayed fervently weeping so that God might forgive the sins of
his people. God rejected his prayers with regard to those who did not obey
him, and He moved Nebuchadnezzar to besiege Jerusalem. His soldiers conquered
it under the leadership of Nebuzardan who killed many of them inside the
city. After they had taken all the precious possessions of the temple,
the king's palace, and the nobles of the people, they took with them all
those who were left alive to Babylon. Among those who were driven to exile
was the prophet Jeremiah. Nevertheless, when Nebuzardan saw him bound with
the rest, he set him free. He then wrote his "Lamentations" for the destruction
of the city of Jerusalem, the temple and the exile of his people for 70
years in babylon. This Prophet prophesied about the coming of Our Lord
and Savior, and His sufferings and passion. His life ended when the jews
themselves stoned him in Egypt, and he died a martyr in prison.
May his prayers be with us and glory be to God forever. Amen.
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