As many of you already know from my previous blog, I follow the venerable Julian Kalendar in religious life and, to the extent that this is possible, in the civil life too. With regards to the latter, this usually just entails reminding myself to rewind my wrist watch every month and sometimes adding an additional date to a letter. Many of my old friends, still attached to the heresies of Rome (even if they’re not even aware of it), think that my position is just reactionary and rather silly. They say that the Gregorian Kalendar is more accurate than the Julian in corresponding to the tropical year and that use of the old kalendar is just obstinate anti-Westernism. Well, “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness,” 1Corinthians 3:19. They also say that, left unreformed, practitioners of Orthodoxy will be celebrating Pascha in the Autumn in years to come. If it could be proved from Scripture that by divine command we celebrate Pascha in the Spring based on the movements of stars and the rising of moons then I would accept that argument. But we don’t. We celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Pascha, which is a feast not of this life but the next. In fact, I would argue that the Gregorian Kalendar is pagan precisely because the reformed paschalia, the raison d’être of the reform, has as its principal feature the need for Pascha to be a vernal celebration!
The Julian Kalendar is also the kalendar of the first millenium of Christian history. It was the kalendar in use at the Council of Nicaea in 325 and it was the kalendar upon which were appointed all the major Christian festivals. It was not the creation of the Christian Church but it was, in a sense, hallowed by its use by the Church. The Gregorian Kalendar has no such claim. It is schismatic, worldly, arbitrary, belies the reason for its creation and is the greatest visible sign in practical terms of the departure of the West from the tradition of the Church. And all by Papal fiat! This kalendar reform was just another part of the slow-motion revolution in the Papal Communion, like its codified canons and reforming synods, which had no intention of being interrupted or reversed, and in many ways culminated in the present cult of adulation surrounding pope Francis which the traditionalists are always complaining about.
At this cloyingly festive time of the civil year, it is time we asked ourselves: are we with Christ or with the world? After all, Christianity is a religion at odds with the world: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” 1John 2:15. The early Christian Martyrs did not celebrate Roman feasts or burn incense to Roman gods. Why then should modern Christians do obeisance to another false Roman god by using his kalendar? As for me, I am with Christ Our God and against this passing world. The venerable Julian Kalendar, maintained by the Orthodox Church and cheaply discarded by heretics, is a reminder that my home is not here but in the world to come.