Greetings to all!
As we come to the end of Summer and we enter into September, the 1st, which is Friday, marks the New Church Year. This is kind of an overlooked commemoration because people tend to look at January 1st more. This can still be an important day for us in our spiritual lives because it is a beginning, and with any beginning we have the ability to start anew.
The Church New Year is a good time to look at ourselves to see what we have done in our church, and ourselves, but it is also a good time to make a commitment for the upcoming Church year. We sometimes make New Year resolutions on January 1st about what we will do for that year and, now, for the church New Year we should make our resolutions and commitments to Christ and His Church.
Throughout the summer there were many activities and events that took our time and attention. And now in September we begin the new Church year, and on the 8th we have our 1st Great Feast, which is the Nativity of the Theotokos. The Nativity of the Theotokos being the 1st Great Feast of the New Year is the beginning. The Nativity of the Theotokos is celebrated because she would be the woman who would bring forth Christ Who was truly God and truly Man, the Saviour of the world. She made a commitment to God and never wavered in her commitment, and we too must do the same. We should look forward to a New Church Year dedicating our life to Christ and fulfilling His Holy will.