What is the Ecclesiastical New Year and why is it celebrated September 1?
Thanks again for your informative blog. One minor observation: September 23 is the feast of the Conception of St. John, Baptist and Forerunner. St. John gets nine months and a day till his nativity. The Theotokos gets nine months less one day. Only Our Lord gets the perfect nine months. The Baptist's death is in the last month of the liturgical year, the final major feast thereof.
His conception, appropriately, is commemorated in the first month. The same, of course, is true of the Falling Asleep and the Nativity of the Godbearer.