Happy Ecclesiastical New Year!

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O Maker of all creation, Who hast established the times and the seasons in Thine own power: Bless the crown of the year with Thy goodness, O Lord, and keep our rulers and Thy flock in peace, by the intercessions of the Theotokos and save us.

September 1 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year in the Orthodox Church. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? I’m still working on my list.

Today’s gospel reading is from St. Luke, 4:16-22

AT THAT TIME, Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and He went to the synagogue, as His custom was, on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read; and there was given to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. Jesus opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor and to heal the broken hearted. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” And Jesus closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke well of Him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.

I hope this year will also be acceptable 🙂

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