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NEW ECCLESIASTICAL YEAR
On September 1st, the Ecclesiastical (Church) Calendar starts. The Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council decreed that this should be the beginning of the new year for the following reasons:
First, as it is stated by St. Luke (4:16-30), the Savior was in Nazareth around September 1st. He went to the synagogue as was His custom and He read from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: “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 heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Second, it was on September 1, 321 that Emperor Constantine battled Maxcentius. After defeating him, Constantine gave the Christians, through the Edict of Milan, full freedom to profess their faith.
Thus September, for most, heralds new opportunities. The new School year is in bloom, programs at church resume and the end of summer is officially declared. Let us welcome this opportunity for new beginnings, a fresh outlook on life, the rekindling of our Orthodox Faith, the affirmation of our love for each other, and present ourselves as servants to Him Who gave His life for us on the Cross.
College Student Information Wanted
The start of the school year is here and with it many of our young people have left for school. College is a challenge not only in education but socially and spiritually. Hopefully those raised in Christian households have the armor to face the worst challenges. However, there comes a time when even the strongest armor weakens. That is why our clergy are asking for all college student addresses, cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, whether at home or away, so that we may keep in touch with them. Information may be given to the church office, by calling in or stopping by and filling out the proper form. For specifics, see Fr. George.
See This Week’s Sunday Bulletin
September 14, 2014