Commemorated on September 28
The Holy Prophet
Baruch was an inseparable companion, disciple, friend and scribe of the
great Prophet Jeremiah (Comm. 1 May). He wrote down an entire scroll of his
prophetic sayings and read them to the people in the Jerusalem Temple. Together
with his teacher, Saint Baruch grievously bewailed the destruction of Jerusalem
by Nebuchadnessar, and he taught and censured the Jews, and he suffered from
them spite and vexation. He was a witness of how they killed the holy Prophet
Jeremiah with stones, and gave over his body to burial.
After the martyr's
death of the Prophet Jeremiah, Saint Baruch lived a short while and died in
Egypt, in the VI Century before the Birth of Christ. The holy Prophet Baruch
prophesied about the return of the Jews from the Babylonian Captivity and about
the desolation of Babylon. He clearly prophesied about the coming into the
world of the Son of God, Who would "dwell with mankind". His prophecy
begins with the words: "This is our God, and naught else doth compare with
Him" (Bar. 3: 36-38, 4: 1-5).
The Book of the
Prophet Baruch is regarded as uncanonical and is annexed to the Book of the
Prophet Jeremiah. On the eve of the Nativity of Christ from it are read paroemi
(Old Testament readings), expressed as prophecy from Jeremiah.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.