PROPHET ELIAS' Feast Day on July 20th
“And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. “(1 Kings 19:8)
From Fr. Justin’s Blog:
This year (2016) also we were able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Prophet Elias on his feast day.
Father Akakios and Father Ioakeim decided to ride up on camels.
Our guide was Muhammad. It was his second climb to the top that morning.
"And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
Or, as it says in the Greek of the Septuagint, φωνὴ αὔρας λεπτῆς, ‘the voice of a gentle breeze’.