Παρασκευή, 1 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Happy Spring [or Autumn] Day! Happy New Year!


Notes from underground (Orthodox Christians from South Africa)

 
Today, we are told, is officially the start of Spring*, and it is also New Year’s Day — welcome to the year 7519 (I think). *Note of our blog: The writer writes "spring" instead of autumn because he is in the southern hemisphere.


Of course to those on the old calendar, the new year won’t begin for another 13 days (14 September Gregorian), and for those who paid attention in geography lessons at school spring won’t begin until the equinox on 21 September, or thereabouts.
But according to our mulberry trea, it’s already been spring for a couple of weeks. It seems to sprout its new leaves on about 19/20 August every year. And that’s just about when the jacarandas finish losing their leaves — they always seem to be the last.

It’s been a warm winter. It was cold for a couple of weeks during the world cup, but it’s felt like spring for well over a month now.
Twenty-one years ago the Patriarch of Constantinople, Dimitrios, urged Orthodox Christians to make 1 September a day of prayer for God’s creation and for the environment. You can read his message here. His successor as Patriarch, Bartholomew, has continued to encourage the practice, and as a result has been named the first among the top 15 “green” religious leaders. The day has since been adopted by other Christian bodies as well, and the first day of spring seems like an appropriate time for it.

Wednesday 1st September 2010

* Tone 5 – Week after PENTECOST 14

CHURCH NEW YEAR – DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

St. Simeon Stylites, the Elder
(459)
St. Martha the Mother of St Simeon Stylites (the Elder)
(c 428)
Martyr Aithalas of Persia
(380)

Holy Forty Women Martyrs and Martyr Ammon the Deacon their teacher, at Heraclea (4th) [icon]
Righteous Joshua the Son of Nun (16th BC)
St Fiacre, Hermit of Meaux (670)
St Giles the Greek, Hermit and Abbot (8th)
St Drithelm of Melrose, Monk (c 700)

 
Revised Julian (New Style) Calendar

St. Meletius the New
from Cappadocia
Martyr Callista with her brothers at Nicomedia

Finding of the Icon of the Mother of God at the Miasena Monastery
Icon of the Mother of God “Chernigov-Gethsemane”
Icon of the Mother of God, the “All Blessed”
Venerable Evanthia
 
Church New Year 
The first day of the Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction. The term Indiction comes from a Latin word meaning, “to impose.” It was originally applied to the imposition of taxes in Egypt. The first worldwide Indiction was in 312 when the Emperor Constantine (May 21) saw a miraculous vision of the Cross in the sky. Before the introduction of the Julian calendar, Rome began the New Year on September 1.
According to Holy Tradition, Christ entered the synagogue [icon] on September 1 to announce His mission to mankind (Luke 4:16-22. Quoting Isaiah 61:1-2), the Savior proclaimed, “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...” This scene is depicted in a Vatican manuscript (Vatican, Biblioteca. Cod. Gr. 1613, p.1).
Tradition says that the Hebrews entered the Promised Land in September. 

See also

The Saints and the animals  

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