Rosh Hashanah: Reflection & New Beginning

Today’s Word:

I will thank You always for what You have done, and proclaim the goodness of Your name before Your faithful ones. (Psalm 52:11)


On This Date…

At sundown this evening, the Jewish people began the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year 5774. The celebration spans over a period of ten days, known as the “Days of Awe.” It concludes with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

In the Jewish faith, Rosh Hashanah is a time of remembering the creation of the world, God’s covenant with Israel, and the good deeds done to others.

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A shofar is a hallowed-out ram’s horn.

The sounding of the shofar (audio above; photo left) and honey are two symbols of the holiday. People dip slices of apple in honey and offer them to others, wishing them a sweet New Year.

At Mass today, we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “I will thank You always for what You have done, and proclaim the goodness of Your name before Your faithful ones,” – such perfect words for Rosh Hashanah.

– Father McLaughlin

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