St. Elias

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St. Elias

St. Prophet Elias was a hero of faithfulness to God in Israel and a courageous prophet
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He was an ascetic, clad in skins and a leather girdle, dwelling in mountain caves. He appeared abruptly when King Achad executed many priests of God, and announced to him God's vengeance. On Mt. Carmel, he overcame the priests of Baal by calling down fire from Heaven. He was persecuted by Jezebel and fled to Mt. Horeb where God consoled him, fed him with bread brought by ravens, and told him to appoint Elisha as his successor. St. Elias was carried into heaven in a fiery chariot, while his mantle fell on Elisha. He appeared along with Moses at Jesus' Transfiguration. His scroll reads, "See your son lives" to commemorate his raising of the widow's son by the power of and foreshadowing Christ's Resurrection.

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