There is a rhythm to the lives of those who live the Orthodox faith: a rhythm as natural and rhythmic as breathing itself, which deepens our understanding of God and our life as members of the Body of Christ.The Orthodox year begins liturgically on September 1st. The original reason for this was that in the region in which Christianity began and from which it spread, people’s lives were dependent upon the agricultural cycle.
Thus, the end of harvest was the end of the agricultural year and the end of the liturgical year. September 1st marked the point when people began preparing for the new agricultural year and thus it was appropriate that people began the new liturgical year. Liturgically we begin our year with readings that mark the beginning of the ministry of Jesus.