September 1st: Beginning of the Church Year

From the Parish PriestFr. Romey Rosco

While we are accustomed to think of January 1st as the beginning of the year, it was not always so.  The tradition of joining the new year with the fall season was common as far back as Old Testament times and throughout the Mediterranean region.  The crops were harvested and stored, and the people were prepared for a new agricultural cycle: the perfect time to start a new year.

For us today, it makes sense.  Summer us ending, schools are opening, and we are all getting ready for another full year.

What will it be like?  Well, whatever opportunities and choices it may bring to us, we have, nevertheless, the stability of our relationship with the Lord and His saints, as established in the feast days and lenten periods of the Church.  Hold fast to these observances.  Allow the Church to envelope you with the Lord and His Way.

From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XXXIX No. 36, 26 August 2012
Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI

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