Christ creating the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day. Fresco detail, Suchevitsa Monastery, Romania.
Prayer for the Beginning of the New Year (Commemorated September 1st)
O Master, Lord our God, the Source of life and immortality, the Author of all created things both visible and invisible, Who hast established all seasons and times by Thine own authority and dost direct all things with Thine all-wise and all-gracious providence: We thank Thee for Thy bounties, which Thou hast poured out upon us during our life that is past. And we entreat Thee, O all-bountiful Lord: less the crown of the New Year by Thy goodness. Bestow Thy good things from above upon all Thy people, and also health, salvation and good furtherance in all things. Deliver Thy Holy Church, this city and all cities and countryside from every evil assault, and vouchsafe unto them peace and tranquility; and grant that we may always offer Thanksgiving unto Thee, the unoriginate Father, together with Thine only-begotten Son and Thine all-hole and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.