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September Liturgical Texts Available for Download

Bishop Thomas presides over the Procession of the Holy Cross on the Feast of the Exaltation (Elevation) at St. George in Allentown, PABishop Thomas presides over the Procession of the Holy Cross on the Feast of the Exaltation (Elevation) at St. George in Allentown, PAThe Liturgical Texts for September, blessed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the the Online Liturgical Guide.

September 1 begins the Ecclesiastical New Year because, for the ancient Hebrews, it was the beginning of the civil year, the month of gathering the harvest and of the offering of thanks to God. On September 6, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Archangel Michael delivering from destruction a church and a holy, miraculous spring named for him in Colossae of Phrygia (modern-day west-central Turkey).

Like August, September features two of the twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church: the Nativity of the Theotokos on September 8, and the Exaltation (Elevation) of the Holy Cross on September 14.

On the first feast, the Virgin Mary is born to aged parents, Joachim and Anna, who prayed to God to bless them with a child, male or female. Mary, of course, would grow up to bear our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ and thus play an intricate and important role in our salvation.

On the second feast, we commemorate two events connected with the Precious Cross of Christ: its finding on Golgotha by St. Helena, mother of St. Constantine the Great; and its return to Jerusalem from Persia. Most importantly, our Lord turned the greatest instrument of torture and death into that of salvation and eternal life. Pieces of the true, original Cross are kept throughout the world and are known to work miracles and healing.

On September 13, the day before the Exaltation, the Church observes a day of forefeast (pre-feast) as well as the celebration of the consecration of the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, built on top of the empty tomb of our Lord. St. Constantine oversaw its construction in the year 336.

The Online Liturgical Guide, produced by the Department of Liturgics, provides the official, uniform word-for-word texts to be used for the divine services in all parishes across the Archdiocese. Should you have any questions, please email Subdeacon Peter Samore at service_texts@antiochianladiocese.org.