‘’For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask the Lord.’’
The Appearance to Elijah (Elias)
Elijah was a clear sighted powerful and faithful man. But even he fell on despair. He challenged the god Baal of the wicked Jezabel, the wife of king Ahab.
The prophet Elijah was being pursued by the queen for having put to death fifty of her idolatrous priests [3 Kgs. (I Kgs.) 18:39]. The prophet fled into the wilderness and sat under a juniper tree and said, “O Lord, take, I pray thee, my life from me; for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept there under a tree; and behold, someone touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat. ” And Elijah looked, and, behold, at his head there was a cake of meal and a cruse of water; and he arose, and ate and drank, and returned and lay down. And the angel of the Lord returned again, and touched him, and said to him, “Arise, and eat, for the journey is far from thee.” And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights to Mount Choreb [3 Kgs. (I Kgs.) 19:1-8]. It is in our hour of weakness that God sends strength to those who are called to do His bidding.
Elijah was the first to call God,“God of Hosts” He saw God as the master of the angelic world, a world high above our own.
Above is adapted from:
The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church – Nov, pp 225-228, Trans. from Greek by Holy Apostles Convent, Buena Vista, Co.
Adapted from The Holy Angels by Mother Alexandra