Did you know that today, September 1, begins a new year? That’s right! September 1st marks the beginning of a new ecclesiastical or liturgical year – more commonly called the “church year”. It is at this time we reset our liturgical clocks, so to speak, and begin anew the cycle of feats and fasts that anchor us to Christ and His resurrection, which is the focal point of the calendar and from which all other days find their meaning.
And as we move through the year, all the hymns we sing, the feasts we encounter, are all ordered by the Typikon. This book has often been called “the eye of the church” but “far from being merely a collection of dry and legalistic rules, is in fact a summary of two millennia of the Church’s experience.” (Heiromonk Makarios, preface to The Typikon Decoded, SVS Press)