Saint Noah the Righteous

Feast Day: Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ (Sunday between 11th-17th of December)

Apolytikion of the Holy Forefathers of Christ: You justified the Forefathers by faith, and through them Betrothed Yourself, aforetime, to the Church taken from out of the Gentiles. The Saints boast in Glory, for from their seed, there exists a Noble crop, who is she who without seed has given You Birth. By their intercessions, O Christ our God, save our Souls.

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Righteous Noah in the Old Testament

Genesis 5:28 – 9:17

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But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord… Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God.

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God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh; for the Earth is filled with violence through them; behold, I will destroy them with the Earth. Make yourself an Ark of gopher wood…”

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“But I will establish My Covenant with you; and you shall come into the Ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your son’s wives with you. And every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the Ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female… Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up… For in seven days I will send rain upon the Earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.

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On that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the Heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the Earth forty days and forty nights.

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The waters prevailed and increased greatly upon the Earth; and the Ark floated on the face of the waters.

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God made a wind to blow over the Earth, and the waters subsided… He sent forth another dove out of the Ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and lo, in her mouth a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the Earth.

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Then God said to Noah, “Go forth from the Ark, you and your sons and your son’s wives with you. Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh – birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the Earth, and be fruitful and multiply upon the Earth.”

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Then Noah built an Altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the Altar. And when the Lord smelled the pleasing odor… God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish My Covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you… that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the Earth… I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the Earth. When I bring clouds over the Earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember My Covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh…”

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Noah began to work the earth and planted a vineyard.


In Monasteries and also at certain times in Parishes, a Talanton (Semantron) is used to call believers to the Church for Prayer. This is how Noah called all the animals to the Ark for their salvation, he also called all people too but they did not listen. And likewise, we are called to come into the Church which signifies the Ark, where we find Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and Salvation through Him.

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“For a hundred years Noah called for men, but only cattle came.” – Monk Nektarios of Optina

“The Monastery is Noah’s Ark.” -Saint Ephraim of Katounakia


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