Greeting the New Year: St. Tikhon of Moscow

“I greet you, brethren, with the arrival of the New Year. Almost every one of us associates the meeting of the New Year with the expectation of something new. And may God bless our heart if this expectation is the thirst for the renewal of our inner being, if with this hope we encourage ourselves in the rejection of the old person! But if it is not these most noble aspirations, but simply the desire for novelty and variety that guides us in the moment the New Year arrives, then may we recall that it is not the symbolic change of time that renews the flow of our lives, but it is because of the Lord that the footsteps of man become redirected, and the new in our life depends on the will of the eternal God.”  (St. Tikhon of Moscow: Instructions and Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful (1898-1907), Kindle Loc 2291-2296)

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