A special Rosh Hashanah message from Father Vieron:
The ancient Eastern Orthodox Church has “stolen” from God’s Chosen people the concept of the New Year, designating September 1st as the beginning of The New ECCLESIASTICAL Year! A very important day in the Church.
With this difference: Whereas Rosh Hashanah is a moveable High Holy Day (usually at about this time of the year) in the early Eastern Orthodox Church, it is a fixed day – always on September 1.
Furthermore, in all the Patriarchates of the Eastern Orthodox churches, a solemn Service is commemorated on September 1, inscribing in what is referred to as “The Book of Life!” – another stolen concept from those who worship near the Star of David.
We who worship in the Shadow of His Holy Cross remain grateful to the Jewish Faith for this and…for many more reasons.
Here’s the invocation I delivered Monday, Sept. 26, to the Touchdown Club at Chickasaw Country Club:
Heavenly Father, for those who worship near The Star of David, this week marks the celebration of Rosh Hashanah – the beginning of The New Year and for some of the early Christian Liturgical Churches, who confess to “stealing” from Your Chosen People, the observance of the New Ecclesiastical Year! Your people, O Lord, have a beautiful custom of consuming apples dipped in honey as a symbol for a sweet New Year. May we who worship in the Shadow of Your Cross also taste the sweetness that comes from Above, from You, O Lord and Savior – the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
What an exciting fortnight this has been! Wins and losses we never expected but that is what makes our gridiron encounters exciting to all of us. Of course, we peek in on Sunday afternoons to see what the big boys are doing and on the diamonds to follow the play-off possibilities, but its our beloved college games that we love to….live and die for! Thank You, O Lord.
We are honored this evening with the presence of Your son, James. A native of Pennsylvania, 38-year-old Franklin comes to us with an illustrious past, having spent 8 years on the Maryland coaching staff. In addition to his offensive acumen, he is regarded as one of the Nation’s top recruiters and had helped the Terrapins signing star recruits. His philosophy as the new coach of The Commodores is, “First, the State of Tennessee, next, the world!” And with a 3-1 record and a decent showing over 9th ranked Shiellie’s Team, this past week-end, who can doubt him. We in the Bluff City love the Nashville Institution of higher learning. We look forward to loving Your son, James, too; who sought us out to be with us this evening in what we hope will be an annual visit. His presence graces us with an added speaker whom we look forward to this evening, as well as to another epicurean dinner. We invoke Your Blessing upon Your son, James, upon his wife, Fumi and their two daughters, Ava and Addison.
Bless the food and drink set before us, multiply them the world over for the good of mankind and us to Thy Service as we say, Kyrie Eleison and AMEN.