A Year in Time

Tomorrow is the first day of September–Καλό μήνα, or happy [first day of the] month! Not to mention, happy (early) Church New Year!

The beginning September also marks the start of a series within Time Eternal—here on the blog and the podcast. We’ll be embarking upon a year-long journey through the underpinnings of the Orthodox liturgical year.

I’ve called it “A Year in Time.”

Discussion will be focused on the temporal aspects of the liturgical year and its various times.

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These are the questions I’m interested in:

  • How does the ecclesiastical calendar work and why does it seem so complicated at times?
  • What are the historical roots of the calendar and the holidays we celebrate as Orthodox Christians?
  • How are the meanings of particular feast days reinforced by their temporal placement within the calendar?
  • What are the challenges of living our lives in two (or more) different calendars at once—the civil calendar of our respective country, and the calendar of the church?

That said, I could use some help from all of you.  What do you want to hear about? Do you have questions about the calendar—things that have always seemed confusing or hard to follow? Any stories or learning experiences that involve the Church year?

Your feedback will help make my posts and episodes as helpful, relevant and engaging as possible. I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line here or check us out on Facebook.

2 comments:

  1. Glory to God!

    Happy New Church Year!

    Where did all the time go? It seems I just listened to the latest podcast (about the Indiction, the church new year) from Dr. Rocas about these blogs, and now I am reading them!

    First, I am always excited this time of year as I look forward to update my phone/computer with the latest church calendar (below is the one from the Greek Archdiocese):

    Goarch Digital Planner 2016-2017

    http://www.goarch.org/chapel/planner

    (This way I have an electronic reminder of the confluence between the work / life and the Church Holidays)

    Second, I am looking forward to the blessing of the new Church Sunday school classes of students and teachers, and with that a blessing of all in the beginning of their studies (school, college 😉

    Third, there are a few more church festivals and camps / fellowship opportunities before the warm weather ends, and that marks for me an interesting finding ( from another podcast, of Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon) that the Christian life is one of fellowship:

    http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/allsaints/how_are_we_to_live

    Last but not least I recently heard an interview and saw the webinar related to a recent book launch for families, about bringing a church rhythm to our families:

    http://store.ancientfaith.com/blueprints

    What I want to say with this list of recent thoughts is that I think it is easy to miss many important church days, or miss out on the preparation that we and our families can benefit from. We cannot and should not separate the church rhythm from our work/life/school but embrace them, and have the chance to be the shining light. That’s why I look forward to this series of blogs!

    Sorry for the long comment, but I wanted to mention a short remark that stayed with me , found in a book “Suffering and the Nature of Healing ” by Dr. Daniel Hinshaw, who quoted Fr. Roman Braga saying “In Christ, history and eternity meet”. It is not only impressive, but I was thrilled that Fr Braga’s remark was referenced in an article named “Indiction”, in the publication “The Burning Bush”

    God Bless!

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