November 19:Prophet Obadiah (Abdias); Martyr Barlaam of Caesarea in Cappadocia; Saint Barlaam and Saint Ioasaph, prince of India, and Saint Abenner the king, father of St. Ioasaph; Martyr Azes of Isauria and with him 150 soldiers; Martyr Heliodorus in Pamphylia; Saint Barlaam, Abbot of the Kiev Caves; Saint Hilarion, monk, Wonder-worker of Thessaloniki; Martyr Agapius; Martyrs Anthimus, Thalalaeus, Christopher, Euphemia and her children; Martyr Pancharius; Martyr Barlaam of Antioch; Saint Egbert, Archbishop of York; Saint Ermenburga, Abbess of Minster; Hieromartyr Hippolytos, Pope of Rome; finding of the relics of monk-martyr Adrian of Poshekhonsk, Yaroslavl. Other events: repose of Saint Philaret (Drozdov) Metropolitan of Moscow
The Divine Scriptures do not tell us with any certainty when the Prophet Obadiah lived nor what was his homeland. Thus, some say that he is that Obadiah who was Ahab's steward, who, because of Jezebel's wrath, hid one hundred prophets in a cave and fed them with bread and water (III Kings 18:4), and that he later became a disciple of Elias the Prophet about 903 B.C. But others surmise from the words of the same prophetical book that he is somewhat later than Joel (celebrated on Oct. 19). He is also called Obdiu, or Abdiu, or Obadiah; his name means "servant of God." His book of prophecy, which consists of only one chapter, is ranked fourth among the minor Prophets.