9/1 Ecclesiastical New Year and Day of Prayer for Creation

Join us for liturgy beginning at 9:30am on Saturday, September 1st, to commemorate the Ecclesiastical New Year.  Kontakion
You who created all things in Your infinite wisdom,
and set the times by Your own authority,
grant Your Christian people victories.
Blessing our comings and goings throughout this year,
guide our works according to Your divine will.

In addition, this day is a Day of Prayer for the protection of the environment.  Here is an excerpt from an article at Environment News Service:
The first environmental prayer day was instituted by the late Patriarch Demetrios I in 1989. Since then, every first day of September has been designated a day of prayer for the protection of the environment throughout the Orthodox world.  “The Orthodox Church has a long-standing commitment to healing the environment and Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I marked this concern by emphasizing the need for all of us to exhibit a eucharistic and ascetic spirit,’ through a Day of Prayer,” said the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, National Council of Churches General Secretary.  “The survival of God’s Creation and God’s children hinges on our ability to embrace the very tenets that Patriarch Demetrios put forth in his first address in 1989,” Kinnamon said.  Patriarch Demetrios I served as Ecumenical Patriarch from 1972 to 1991. His successor, Patriarch Bartholomew I, has continued the church’s emphasis on protecting the environment.
Read the full article at this link.

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