Elijah of Moqan

FL. c.800-820. Eastern missionary bishop. As a monk of Bait Abe in the Arbil province of N Mesopotamia, he was an ascetic of simple faith and something of a mystic, achieving concentration by repeating “Hallelujah! Glory be to God!” before reciting each verse of a psalm. Appointed as missionary bishop to Moqan, on the SW shores of the Caspian, he insisted on being consecrated on the day of Pentecost, and Timothy I* agreed to this. Elijah's mission was among tree- worshipers, and culminated in his going single-handed and felling a great oak. His methods included preaching, teaching and healing, and distributing copies of prayers and hymns. He went to Bait Abe about 820 to report on his work, but died there before he could return.