The Holy Prophet Baruch
Commemorated on September 28
He was a disciple and faithful friend of the great prophet Jeremiah. He prophesied the return of the Jews from the Babylonian Captivity, the destruction of Babylon, and the coming of the Son of God to earth. It is held that he was slain by the Jews in Egypt, as was the Prophet Jeremiah, in the seventh century before Christ.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič for Old Calendar date September 28, and New Calendar date October 11
The Holy Prophet Baruch was an inseparable companion, disciple, friend and scribe of the great Prophet Jeremiah (May 1). Baruch meaning “Blessed”.He wrote an entire scroll of his prophetic sayings and read them to the people in the Temple of Jerusalem. Together with his teacher, St Baruch grievously lamented the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, and he taught and censured the Jews, and he suffered spite and vexation from them. He witnessed the stoning of the holy Prophet Jeremiah, and buried his body.The holy Prophet Baruch prophesied the return of the Jews from the Babylonian Captivity, and the desolation of Babylon. He clearly prophesied the coming into the world of the Son of God, Who would “dwell with mankind.” His prophecy begins with the words, “He is our God, and no other can compare with Him” (Bar 3:36).
Troparion Prophet Baruch— Tone 8
You were worthy of the light of prophecy . Becoming a companion to Jeremiah. You foretold the self-emptying of God the Word , Which he wrought for the salvation of the world. Now all heirs of his kingdom honor you, O holy Prophet Baruch!