Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy New Year - If You're Orthodox

There Church New Year is celebrated on September 1st. Before the creation of the Julian calendar, the Roman secular calendar began on September 1st. But for us Orthodox Christians, we celebrate the Eccesliastical New Year today. The Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction, which is a Latin word meaning "to impose."

According to Holy Tradition, Christ entered the synagogue on September 1st to announce His mission to mankind as recorded in the Gospel according to St Luke (4:16-22). Our Lord quoted Isaiah 61:1-2 proclaiming, "The spirit of the Lord is upon me; because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim release to captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord…"

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