The Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) was a contemporary of the Prophet Jeremiah and the Prophetess Oldama. He was from the tribe of Simeon, and was the ninth of the Twelve Minor Prophets of the Old Testament. The prophet lived at the royal court, where he preached repentance and helped King Josiah eliminate idol-worship.
He prophesied about the calamities that were to come for the people of Judea and the surrounding regions: Gaza, Ascalon, Crete, and against the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Ninevites.
Troparion - Tone 2
We celebrate the memory
of Your prophet Zephaniah, O Lord;
through him we beseech You:
"Save our souls."
Kontakion - Tone 4
You have been revealed by the Spirit of God to be brilliant, Prophet
Zephaniah, for you proclaimed the coming of God:
"Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Proclaim Him, O Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to save mankind!"