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We need to live with God! Then there will be nothing to fear. But we are afraid of everything, because we are far from God and do not trust Him. St.Vitaly (Sidorenko) of Glinsk and Tbilisi

Γέννηση του Ιησού Χριστού_ Рождество Христово_ Nativity of Christ-135533.pProphet Nahum (7th century BC)
Righteous Philaret the Merciful, of Amnia in Asia Minor (792)
Saint Anthony the New, monk of Kios in Bithynia (865)
St. Onesimus, Archbishop of Ephesus (c. 107-17)
Hieromartyr Ananias of Persia (345
Saint Porphyrios, Patriarch of Antioch (404-413)
Hieromartyrs Diodorus and Marianus, and Companions, martyrs in Rome under Numerian (c. 283)
Martyr Olympiades (Olympias), a noble from Rome (ex-consul) martyred in Amelia in Italy under Diocletian (c. 303)
Martyrs Lucius, Rogatus, Cassian and Candida, in Rome
Venerable NAHUM of Holy Trinity (1396) Radonezh
Repose of Schema-archimandrite Vitaly (Sidorenko) of Glinsk and Tbilisi (1992).

Commemorated December 1

Longing doth draw me to anoint with the myrrh of discourse,
Nahum the Elkoshite, who hath yielded up his spirit.
On the first, Nahum was conveyed out of life

by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich

Nahum was born of the tribe of Simeon in a place called Elkosh on the far side of the Jordan. He lived about seven hundred years before Christ and prophesied the destruction of Nineveh about two hundred years after the Prophet Jonah. Because of Jonah’s preaching, the Ninevites had repented, and God had spared them and not destroyed them. In time, however, they forgot God’s mercy and again became corrupt. The Prophet Nahum prophesied their destruction, and since there was no repentance, God did not spare them. The entire city was destroyed by earthquake, flood and fire, so that its location is no longer known. St. Nahum lived for forty-five years and entered into rest in the Lord, leaving us a small book of his true prophecies.
From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich

The Holy Prophet Nahum, whose name means “God consoles”, “comforter.”


Βιτάλιος (Sidorenko) της Γεωργίας_Vitaly (Sidorenko) of Glinsk and Tbilisi-Схиархимандрит Виталий (Сидоренко)d7HvQMXdIEEArchbishop Andrei (Gvazava) of Samtavisi and Gori (Georgian Orthodox Church) says about Fr. Vitaly: ”I would like to tell about his amazing love and humility. He was ready to give his life for another. If he had to do it in a moment, he would do it—without a thought, he would give his life for the salvation of a human soul, with great humility and dedication to God’s will. This is what I remember most of all about Fr. Vitaly. He loved Georgia very much. He always said to his spiritual children, “Come to Georgia! It is a holy land.” He especially loved monastics; he loved them with particular warmth and tenderness.”

According to Abba Evagrius, “Blessed is the monk who considers every person to be a god after God.” These words echo the beloved thought that is constantly repeated in the teachings and letters of Father Vitaly: “Consider yourself a bastard, and everyone around you – angels.”

Father Vitaly always relied on the Lord in everything. And he tried to develop this property in children who turn to him for help or advice. He said to all suffering people: “If you had even a small grain of faith, sorrow would never have overcome you.” Father tried to explain: “We need to live with God! Then there will be nothing to fear. “ But we are afraid of everything, because we are far from God and do not trust Him. If we pray, it is so absent-mindedly that it turns out only to read the words of the prayer, and the heart is so far from the Lord!
The life of Schema-Archimandrite Vitaly is a living preaching of the Gospel.

Father Vitaly (Sidorenko) of Tbilisi, We need to live with God! Then there will be nothing to fear.


Troparion of Prophet NAHUM — Tone 4

We celebrate the memory / of Your prophet Nahum, O Lord; / through him we beseech You: / Save our souls.

Apolytikion of Prophet NAHUM ― Tone 3

O Prophet Nahum, thou didst shine forth in the Law, and proclaim the consolation of grace from of old in the Spirit. Even so, by appearing unto men, God the Word gladdened mortal nature. Intercede with the compassionate Trinity to grant us His great mercy.

Apolytikion of ST PHILARET the Almsgiver — Tone 3

From the wealth of God-like faith, thou didst distribute thy riches to the poor, O Philaret; thy life was adorned with compassion, and thou didst glorify the Giver of Mercy. Beseech Him to have compassion and to be merciful to those who praise thee.

Kontakion of Prophet NAHUM ― Tone 4

Illumined by the Spirit, thy pure heart was a vessel of illustrious prophecy. For thou seest the far-off things as though they were present, O Prophet Nahum. Wherefore we venerate thee.

Kontakion of ST PHILARET the Almsgiver — Tone 3

Thou didst possess the spirit of Job in temptations, and compassionately distribute thy wealth to the poor. Thou wast a living fountain of almsgiving, and by thy manner of life thou dost gladden those who cry: Rejoice O Philaret, servant of Christ.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Tone 4

Thy pure heart, enlightened by the Spirit, became the dwelling place of most splendid prophecy; for thou beholdest things afar off as though they were near. Wherefore, we honor thee,// O blessed and glorious Prophet Nahum.

Chapter 1 :: Nahum

The burden of Nineve: the book of the vision of Naum the Elkesite. 2 God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; the Lord avenges with wrath; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries, and he cuts off his enemies. 3 The Lord is long-suffering, and his power is great, and the Lord will not hold any guiltless: his way is in destruction and in the whirlwind, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 4 He threatens the sea, and dries it up, and exhausts all the rivers: the land of Basan, and Carmel are brought low, and the flourishing [trees] of Libanus have come to nought. 5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills are shaken, and the earth recoils at his presence, [even] the world, and all that dwell in it. 6 Who shall stand before his anger? and who shall withstand in the anger of his wrath? his wrath brings to nought kingdoms, and the rocks are burst asunder by him. 7 The Lord is good to them that wait on him in the day of affliction; and he knows them that reverence him. 8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end: darkness shall pursue those that rise up against [him] and his enemies. 9 What do ye devise against the Lord? he will make a complete end: he will not take vengeance by affliction twice at the same time. 10 For [the enemy] shall be laid bare even to the foundation, and shall be devoured as twisted yew, and as stubble fully dry. 11 Out of thee shall proceed a device against the Lord, counselling evil things hostile [to him]. 12 Thus saith the Lord who rules over many waters, Even thus shall they be sent away, and the report of thee shall not be heard any more. 13 And now will I break his rod from off thee, and will burst [thy] bonds. 14 And the Lord shall give a command concerning thee; there shall no more of thy name be scattered: I will utterly destroy the graven [images] out of the house of thy god, and the molten [images]: I will make thy grave; for [they are] swift.

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