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- NL: Traditioneel bestaat een nauwe samenhang tussen de gang van de seizoenen en het doen en laten van de mens, zowel liturgisch als in het dagelijks leven: Herfst, Winter, Lente, Zomer

- EN: Traditionally there exists a close relation between the cycle of seasons and the doings of man, both liturgically and in daily life: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer -

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(in English and Dutch, Nederlands en Engels, NL/EN)

Christ is Risen! Christus is Opgestaan!

And God said,
Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years ...

+Gen.1:14 (KJV)
LINK: The Antiochian Orthodox in the USA are putting
together a wonderful selection of educational elements,
also concerning the liturgical year
and related customs > see here

EN: Traditionally there exists a close relation between the cycle of seasons and the doings of man, both liturgically and in daily life. On these pages a series of albums with a few short sketches, as a first beginning …

>> Mouse over the pictures on this page for a link to the various subjects, ordered by season:

Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer

English naar het Nederlands
Seizoenen en tijden Times and Seasons
English: YOU ARE HERE naar het Nederlands

AUTUMN: The Old Testament year started at the beginning of autumn, with the Day of Atonement. It was a time of reckoning, also agriculturally, after the completion of the main harvests of the year. But it also brought joy and celebration, and: the new wine.

The Orthodox liturgical year also begins in autumn, marked by two great Feasts: The joyous promise of the Birth of the Mother of God and the solemn triumph of the Elevation of the Cross.


WINTER: In the liturgical year, winter finds us at the end of the Christmas Fast. Soon we will celebrate that most joyous Feast, just after mid-winter, looking forward to it’s culmination at Theophany: the revelation of God at Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan.

In colder climates much of nature is dormant till spring, but in the Biblical lands winter means first of all rain, which brings new growth. And especially: the olive harvest.


SPRING: Around the Mediterranean spring starts early. Already at the end of January we may enjoy the first promise of the almond blossom. Soon the warmer weather will bring an outburst of all kinds of flowers, especially when (hopefully) there is still some regular rainfall.

Thus nature adds its promises during the period of Great Lent, looking forward to the Feast of Feasts: the Pascha of the Lord.


SUMMER: The Old Testament Passover marked the beginning of the grain harvest, which would be completed at the beginning of summer - about the time the Church celebrates the Nativity of St. John and the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul.

Traditionally, the first grapes would be blessed on the Feast of Transfiguration. Then follows the Feast of the the Dormition of the Mother of God: as a first fruit of the Resurrection and a promise of the Kingdom to come.


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