December 3 - The Third Prophet in a Row ... St. Zephaniah

Chartres Cathedral Rose Window

Portion of Chartres Cathedral
Portraying St. Zephaniah
Nahum, Habakkuk, then Saint Zephaniah
Following the feasts of the prophets St. Nahum (December 1) and St. Habakkuk (December 2), St. Zephaniah's feast is celebrated.  Zephaniah's book can feel scary.  He talks a lot about "The Day of the Lord," or Judgment Day.  Actually, the requiem/funeral hymn Dies Irae is based on a section of Zephaniah's prophecies.

Zephaniah's Hope
Zephaniah gave great hope also, though.  He praised the lowly and humble and expressed trust that the evil would be purged by God.

For the I will change and purify
the lips of the peoples ...

- Zephaniah 3:9a

Feast Day:  December 3