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Liturgical New Year Begins on 1 September

1 September - The Liturgical New Year Begins.

When Constantinople was the capital of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church was the official religion of the Empire, the new year for the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church began on September 1.

St. Constantine the Great was the first Roman Emperor to embrace the Christian Faith. He freed the Church from persecution and permitted Christians to worship openly. This declaration and subsequent important decrees (indictions) were made on September 1st. Hence, the Church in the East chose this day as the beginning of the liturgical year.

The "Indiction" is a cycle of 15 years which began under Constantine the Great in 312.

In the early days of the Church and the Christian Roman Empire, major decisions and policies were announced on this day.

Major announcements and new beginnings still are customarily made on September first.

The Church remembers a number of Saints on this day and the following day. (Saints Days - September) These diverse Saints are examples of living according to the will of Holy God. The Liturgical New Year is a good time to make changes to bring our own lives closer to what Holy God wants.

  • 1 September - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos venerated in her ikon of Miasenes
    Holy Father Simon Stylite, Holy Martyr Aeithalas, 40 Holy Women martyred with their instructor Ammon the Deacon; Three Brothers and Holy Martyrs Callistus, Evod, and Hermogenes; and Just Joshua son of Nun
  • 2 September - Holy Martyr Mammas and St. John the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople

Gospel

Luke Chapter4, verses 16-22. This reading is the story of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's first act of public ministry. In Nazareth in the synagogue, He read the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah and preached on that reading.
Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ read these words from the Prophet Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of favor of the Lord." ... He said to them, "Today this scripture passage is fulfilled inyour hearing". Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ proclaimed that He was the Masiah or Messiah.

This Gospel contains the mission that all Christians must keep in mind and in heart every day of every year. Let us pray that Holy God will grant us the wisdom and the strength and the faith to do our part in carrying out the mission of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron

Troparion (Tone 2)
Maker of the Universe, O Lord who alone have power over seasons and times: bless this year with your bounty, preserve our country in safety, and keep your people in peace, through the prayers of the Mother of God, and save us.

More Information

Primer for Melkite Worship and Ritual Please click on Church Year begins on September 1st. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States. Material prepared by Fr. Philaret Littlefield for inclusion in the St. George (Milwaukee, WI) Melkite Sunday Bulletin.

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