Prophet Joel lived around 800 DC. He predicted the desolation of Jerusalem, and also prophesied that the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all people, through the Savior of the world (Joel 2:28-32).
The hymnographer Anatolius links Joel’s prophecy to the Nativity of the Lord. In the Praises at Matins service on the Sunday following the Nativity, he refers to Joel 2:30 - "I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke," saying that the blood refers to the Incarnation, the fire to the Divinity, and the pillars of smoke to the Holy Spirit.
The Book of Joel is a short book consisting of all of three chapters. As we commemorate this saint on Sunday, read his book, which can be accessed here.
We celebrate the memory
of Your prophet Joel, O Lord.
Through him we ask You, "Save our souls."
Illumined by the Spirit, your heart was a vessel of illustrious prophecy,
seeing far-off things as though they were present.
Therefore, we venerate you, O glorious prophet Joel.