September 1, 2015
Church New Year or Indiction
Our own family circle is stronger and closer and as in a family, our lives revolve around and are involved with the cycle of feasts and fasts of the church. The beginning of the Liturgical year, September 1st, puts us into this rhythm of worship.
The church has established twelve great feasts, including Pascha (Easter), called the "Feast of Feasts". There are eight Feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ and four great Feasts of the Holy Mother of God, the Theotokos. There are also many important secondary feasts, such as the feast day for St. Nicholas on December 6th and St. Elias on July 20th. There are special Saints days for local churches like St. Herman of Alaska on December 13th, or St. Raphael of Brooklyn (1st Saturday of November) or St. John of San Francisco on July 2nd.