Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Indiction and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment - September 1, 2017

At the inception of a new Ecclesiastical Year, we are invited through our commemoration of the Feast of the Indiction to come before the Lord in worship and prayer. We are encouraged to renew our offering of our life to Him and to enhance our communication with Him through prayer and worship.
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Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2016)

We give thanks to our merciful and holy God for this blessed opportunity to begin another ecclesiastical year, and we anticipate the witness of His presence and power in our lives and in our worship and work of spreading His Gospel. In addition to the observance of this day as the beginning of a new liturgical cycle, it has also been designated by our beloved Ecumenical Patriarchate as the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment.
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2015)

On this Feast of the Indiction which marks the beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year, we are led by our beloved Ecumencial Patriarchate in observing the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment. The relationship of our commemoration and observance is significant due to the changing of the seasons, our agrarian heritage in relation to marking time, and the strong foundations of our worship and theology in the relationship of our Creator to His creation.
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Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2014)

As we commemorate this Feast of the Indiction, the beginning of the new ecclesiastical year, we ask our great and merciful God to “bless the crown of this year which His goodness has allowed us to begin” (Hymn of Orthros). It is His goodness and grace that has brought us to the beginning of one more ecclesiastical year and to another blessed cycle of the feasts and observances of our Holy Orthodox Faith. In anticipation of the marvelous and wonderful things our Lord will accomplish in our lives, parishes, and families, we look forward to the blessings that will come through our worship, prayer, and service.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Indiction and the New Ecclesiastical Year (09/01/2013)

This sense of beginning that we share in many aspects of our lives is essential to our relationship with God and how we live our Orthodox faith each and every day. Just as we begin a new ecclesiastical year in anticipation of the blessings to come through our worship and service, we are also called to begin each day in faith and with expectations of what God will accomplish in and through our lives.
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Encyclical for the New Ecclesiastical Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2012)

On this feast we ask our Lord, “Bless the crown of this year with Your goodness” (Psalm 65:11). We know that His goodness is true and enduring. His goodness is rooted in His love for us, and in this goodness He nurtures and sustains our lives. Through our trust in God, our lives are filled with His goodness, and consequently we become witnesses of the joy He has granted us.
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Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year (09/01/2011)

On this day, September 1, we begin this new ecclesiastical year in the blessed anticipation of the saving and wondrous works that will be accomplished by God in the days and months before us. Each new annual cycle of worship and ministry in our Orthodox Faith offers opportunities for our spiritual growth, for transformation in the lives of those who find faith and hope, for fellowship with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, and for compassionate service offered to those in need.
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Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2010)

We begin this Ecclesiastical New Year as we should begin every year and each day of our lives, with hope in the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation and a blessed life with Him for all eternity. The Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans links this hope in the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18) to another attribute that should be characteristic of our Christian lives, “hope with perseverance.” He states, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (8:25).
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year (09/01/2009)

We give thanks to God for the beginning of this Ecclesiastical New Year and for His abundant blessings, which fill our hearts with gratitude, deepen our faith, and strengthen our souls. The date of September 1 on our calendars marks the beginning of many things in our lives. For some, it presents the beginning of another academic year filled with worthy goals and challenges. For others, it is the return from summer vacation with refreshed bodies and minds, and renewed commitment to vocation and responsibilities. For those who work in agriculture, this date marks the beginning of the agrarian year and the tasks of planting, nurturing, and harvesting.
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year and Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2008)

With the Church as our spiritual home, our concern and care for others logically extends also to our care for all of God’s creation. This is a fitting issue to address on this day, the beginning of a New Ecclesiastical Year, because our Ecumenical Patriarchate has designated September 1 of each year as the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment, and its survival for posterity. Although we witness the effects of evil and sin upon the natural world, we have faith in God’s promise that He will redeem and renew all things. As we await the coming of a new heaven and a new earth at the end of time, we have been given the sacred task of being stewards of the existing heaven and earth, the Creation of God. This is the awareness and truth that we celebrate as Orthodox Christians on this first day of a New Ecclesiastical Year.
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year (09/01/2007)

Once again we are blessed to enter our Ecclesiastical New Year on this date of September 1, 2007. Also known as the Feast of the Indiction, this date begins the calendrical cycle of our Holy Orthodox Church. As such, it is a date that marks new beginnings and renewed opportunities for our spiritual growth through our worship of the Triune God. It is also a date that our revered Ecumenical Patriarchate has fittingly established for the Orthodox Church as the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment. As we begin our cycle of worship and praise to the Lord on this date, it is only appropriate that we pause to consider the majesty of our universe and the infinite love of God for all of us as His children.
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year (09/01/2006)

We enter the Ecclesiastical New Year on this day of September 1, 2006, in the aftermath of our very blessed 38th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress, held this last July in Nashville, Tennessee. Together, during our time in Nashville, we contemplated and witnessed the tremendous power of the theme of this Congress, "Sharing the Truth of the Gospel and the Love of Christ," for it inspired us to produce tangible and lasting work products for the strengthening of the ministries of our Archdiocese.
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year (09/01/2005)

It is very appropriate as we enter the new Ecclesiastical Year on September 1 to remember the words of the Lord, as recounted here by the prophet Isaiah. The passage is a clear expression of the uniqueness, supremacy and omnipotence of God. It also communicates the indisputable truth that God alone created our world with the specific purpose that it be inhabited by us, whom He created out of His love. Indeed, there is no other God.
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Encyclical on the Ecclesiastical New Year (09/01/2003)

The commencement of the Ecclesiastical New Year on September 1 is a welcome occasion for us to consider the abundant blessings of God in our daily lives. In the liturgical calendar of the Orthodox Church this day inaugurates an annual cycle of worship, which complements our lives with order and structure, and reflects and informs the teaching of the Church concerning the relationship of humanity to God, our Creator, and to the natural world.
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year (09/01/2002)

It is with heartfelt joy in the Lord that I communicate with you at the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year. Much like our natural world, our Church follows a cycle of growth and renewal, setting aside one day out of each liturgical year where we as Orthodox Christians mark new beginnings and define new challenges. Our Orthodox faith is not static, but dynamic, with the power to transform our lives, our relationships with one another, and the society in which we live.
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Encyclical for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year (09/01/2001)

It is not by chance that this beginning, September 1, coincides with the process of harvesting and preparing the tilled soil for a new cycle of cultivation, nurturing and production of the fruit of the earth. Throughout human history this vital, agrarian labor has been intertwined with religious belief and practice—a relationship that is often unrecognized by the people of a modern, technologically—advanced society.
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