Although God’s calendar year begins in the Spring, Nisan where everything is renewed. The in-gathering of the Autumn harvest is more of a closure of that year. A new year of sorts in as the gathering of the last harvest before winter sets in.
On sundown September 20 A new moon A SPIRITUAL NEW YEAR: a time of reflection and personal accounting…
the first day of Tishrei
HIGH HOLIDAYS 5778 – 2017
‘It’s the Jewish New Year. Literally meaning “the head of the year” in Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah – also spelled Rosh HaShanah, Roshashana and Rosh Hashannah, among other variations – is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days begins the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 20, and ends on the evening of Friday, Sept. 22. A hollowed-out ram’s horn, known as a shofar, is blown, symbolizing a call to repentance.’
‘On Rosh Hashanah we reflect on the blessings and
the challenges of the past year and look forward to
the coming year with hope and a renewed sense of
commitment and purpose. We dip apples in honey as a
first act to usher in a sweet new year for ourselves, our
families and our communities.
As we share the sweet tastes of the new year, let us also
pray for and work toward the moment when all human
beings throughout the world can confidently look
forward to a hopeful future, one of sustenance
May we commit our financial resources to eradicate the
root causes of hunger and famine so our sisters and
brothers fighting for life in the Horn of Africa [and elsewhere] can feed
themselves and their loved ones in this new year.
May we commit our political power to advocate for our
brothers and sisters striving to rebuild the areas where [natural disasters have hit] so they
can have a say in the reconstruction of their homeland
and their livelihoods in this new year.
May we commit our social power—our knowledge,
voices and networks—to support marginalized people
all over the world and ensure that their stories are heard
in the halls of power.’
May we reflect what is truly important in our lives and make changes in our lives that produce positive results. May God bless all our endeavors, our health, our families and friends this day and the coming year. In Christ, Amen.
‘May this new year be a shanah tovah u’metukah, good
and sweet for all.’
As we help others in any capacity we are called to do so.
‘What’s up next? Rosh Hashanah marks the first day of the “10 Days of Repentance,” where Jewish people acknowledge their sins of the previous year and are judged for their sins by God. The 10 days end with Yom Kippur, which is the “Day of Repentance” and constitutes the holiest Jewish holiday.’ A day of fasting and prayer. (God’s divine appointments.)
God’s lunar calendar: Genesis 1:2-5
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
‘The phases of the moon: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
The Moon is in a New Moon phase. During this phase the Moon is too close to the sun in the sky to be visible. The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs. Autumn equinox.
THURSDAY, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2017
The Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the western sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.’
Let’s all take a moment of time to reflect on who we are spiritually. Rest in God’s care! in the quietness of His Presence, in His arms, in His love. Rest your mind in His peace, in getting to know Him, in His forgiveness. Let’s reflect His higher purpose in our lives with His greatest commandments: Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Mat. 22:37-40
Thank you for visiting 🙂 God bless
Happy New Year!
P.S. Apostle Gabriel Cross expresses beautifully the meaning of this holiday on PureGlory: https://pureglory.net/2017/09/22/its-a-new-season-2/#comment-19744 Highly recommend the visit. Shalom!