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A Scientific Examination of the Orthodox Church Calendar; or, The Old Calendar and Science

Hieromonk Cassian
Edited by Archbishop Chrysostomos and Hieromonk Gregory
with a Foreword by Archbishop Chrysostomos

“[...T]he tension between Old Calendar and New Calendar Orthodoxy is by no means an isolated or localized phenomenon[...], and it certainly cannot be reduced to a trivial dispute about the ‘worship of thirteen days,’ as New Calendarist polemics would have it. The notion that the Gregorian Calendar is a ‘necessary corrective’ to the ‘astronomically defective’ Julian Calendar is a pernicious idée reçue perpetuated, unfortunately, even by standard reference works. It is thus all too easy for New Calendarists to set up their straw man of ‘triskaidekemerolatry’ and then knock him down with one blow as superstitiously silly. In fact, the idea that the Church Calendar—the only calendar with Patristic sanction in the Orthodox Church—is scientifically deficient has become so embedded in popular consciousness, that even many of its apologists concede this ‘fact’ in their defenses of the Julian reckoning. Such a concession, however, is wholly unnecessary, for the Church Calendar actually has greater scientific merit than the Gregorian Calendar. Regrettably, this remains one of the ‘best–kept secrets’ in the Orthodox world.”


Foreword by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna
Chapter 1: “Which Calendar is Correct?”
Chapter 2: Elementary Calendar Principles
Chapter 3: The Appearance of a New Star: The Sun of Righteousness
Chapter 4: The Essence of the Church Calendar
Chapter 5: History of the Calendar Reform of Pope Gregory XIII
Chapter 6: The “Pan–Orthodox Congress” of 1923 and its Invention of the “New Julian” Calendar
Chapter 7: Science—In Support of the Church Calendar
Chapter 8: Canonical Prohibitions Against Changing the Church Calendar
Chapter 9: Liturgical Havoc Wreaked by the “New Julian” Calendar
Chapter 10: Patristic Teaching on the Church Calendar
Chapter 11: Impact of the Calendar Reform on the Piety of the Faithful
Chapter 12: Recent Events Linked to Clear Violations of the Church Calendar
Chapter 13: Conclusion
Addendum 1: The Late Celebration of Pascha in 1983 by Archimandrite Sergius
Addendum 2: The Gaussian Formula for the Orthodox Calculation of Pascha

Item Number: BKM534
Publication Data: Etna, CA: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 1998
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: x + 173
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.3 cm × 13.8 cm × 1.0 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 0‒911165‒31‒2

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