A New Year: What Does that Mean to an Orthodox Christian?

A New Year: What Does that Mean to an Orthodox Christian?


In the Orthodox Church, the New Year actually begins on September 1.  And until centuries, most cultures celebrated the New Year on September 1.  That’s because they based their year on the farming calendar.  They began the year in September by planting seeds, and ended the year in summer by reaping the harvest.  Even though we now celebrate the New Year on January 1, we could apply the same principles to our lives, specifically our Christian lives, by planting some new seeds, nurturing them during the year, and then hopefully seeing a spiritual harvest by the close of the year.

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Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis

Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis has served as an Orthodox priest for nearly 23 years, and for the past 16 has served the parish of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, Florida.  He and his wife Lisa have a 14 year old son named Nicholas.  In addition to his parish work, Fr. Stavros has worked as the co-director of St. Stephen’s Summer Camp since 2001.  For the past six years, Fr. Stavros has been writing a daily reflection called “The Prayer Team.”  These writings have resulted in four books:  Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent.  The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent and Pascha.  Blessed is the Kingdom: Reflections on the Divine Liturgy.  And Let us Be Attentive: Reflections on the Sunday and Feastday Scripture Readings.

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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.