Jacob of Hamatoura

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Icon of the life of St. Jacob with Our Lady of Hamatoura

Hieromartyr Jacob of Hamatoura was a 13th-century monk in the Northern Lebanese Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos, a community in Hamatoura Monastery. His feast day is October 13. He is a recently rediscovered saint and is revered in Lebanon and by laymen throughout the world, but is still relatively unknown to the wider Orthodox Church, being in only a few synaxarions.

Life

Hymns

Apolytikion of St. Jacob of Hamatoura - 3rd Mode "Thy Confession of the true divine faith...":

As a cedar of Lebanon groweth * without fear of martyrdom and death, * thou didst become a victor, O Father Jacob. * Thou didst conquer death in thy body * when by humility thou didst control the passions * and when thou wast burnt like incense as a sacrifice. * Intercede with Christ to grant us great mercy.

Bibliography

http://deathtotheworld.com/articles/the-cedar-of-lebanon-st-jacob-the-martyr/

https://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.com/2008/10/st-jacob-of-hamatoura.html

Links

The Cedar of Lebanon: St. Jacob of Hamatoura

St. Jacob and his companions

hamatoura.com

Mystagogy Resource Center: St. Jacob of Hamatoura

Fr Pandeleimon (Farah) on St Jacob of Hamatoura