[[image:Agioipaides.jpg|Right|thumb|The Three Holy Children in the Fiery Furnace]]In the [[Daniel|Book of Daniel]], The Three Holy Children, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego) were all companions of the [[Prophet]] [[Daniel]] and fellow kinsmen in the tribe of Judah. During the reign of King Jechonias they were taken prisoner and led away as captives with other Jews during the Babylonian Captivity. Eventually they were taken into the court of King Nebuchadnezzar as servants, stripped of their Hebrew names, and given Babylonian names which honored pagan deities. They later would be delivered by God from death after being placed in furnace by Nebuchadnezzar. They are commemorated [[December 17]].
==The Fiery Furnace==
The [[Orthodox Church|Church]] also teaches that it was Christ taking the form of an angel who saved the youths from their torment. In [[icon|icons]] of this miracle, the angel sports a halo bearing a cross, indicating that He is Christ. The song of the three children is alluded to in odes seven and eight of the [[canon]] in [[matins]] and on other occasions in liturgical season. The reading of the story of the furnace, including the song, is prescribed for the [[Vespers|vesperal]] [[Divine Liturgy]] celebated by the Church on [[Holy Saturday]].
* [[w: Fiery_Furnace|Wikipedia:Fiery Furnace]]