The Prophet Joel, whose name means "Yah is God," was of the tribe of Reuben, the son of Bathuel, and lived from 810 to 750 B.C.
(but some say in the 7th century B.C.). His book is divided into three
chapters, and is the second in order of the minor Prophets. He foretold
the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Joel 2:28, and
quoted by the Apostle Peter in Acts 2:17), and the saving power of
the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Joel 2:32).
Apolytikion in the Second Tone:
As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Joel, O Lord, through him
we beseech Thee to save our souls.
Kontakion in the First Tone:
Since thou hadst seen the glory of God in the spirit, thou truly didst
foreknow His divine dispensation; for as thou didst say, God's Spirit
is poured forth upon all flesh that believeth in Him Who appeared
to the earthborn in a servant's form and made thee wondrous for ever,
O Joel, thou seer of God.
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