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Michaelmas term: September 6, 2016 - November 23, 2016
Our Michaelmas term begins in the autumn time and is named after the arch-angel Saint Michael (Daniel 10 & 12, Revelation 12, Jude 1), whose name means “who is like God.” The holy angels see God’s face (Matthew 18:10), they heed God’s voice (Psalm 103:20-21), indeed they know it well so that in godly wisdom they excel. Just as we begin each day asking that God’s holy angel be with us, we begin our teaching and learning asking God’s protection and guidance, as we receive godly wisdom and also seek it out.
Christmas term: November 28, 2016 - March 3, 2017
(Thanksgiving Break November 24 - 27, Christmas Break December 24 - January 8)
Our Christmas term begins in the early winter and crosses over into the first two months of the new calendar year. The Gospel-writer Saint Luke, after having penned the wonderful happenings leading up to and surrounding Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, summed it all up by saying of the young Jesus that “He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).” We who have received God’s indescribable gift in His Son (2 Corinthians 9:15) likewise grow in all that is good, since every good thing comes from God (James 1:17).
Easter term: March 6, 2017 - May 26, 2017
(Easter Break April 13-17)
Our Easter term commences in the very early days of the spring of the year and usually spans the joyful season of our Lord’s resurrection. Because of the risen Christ and what He has done for us dying sinners we know that neither our faith in God (1 Corinthians 15:17) nor our labors in the Lord as learners or teachers (1 Corinthians 15:58) are in vain or useless. Since Christ has indeed been raised from the dead let us keep the feast of victory, and even the banquet of this world’s knowledge, in sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:8).
Trinity term: June 5, 2017 - August 25, 2017
(No class Independence Day - July 4)
Our Trinity term runs through the summer months and takes its name from the Sunday and the season following Pentecost. The angel host praise the true God in the Trisagion (Isaiah 6:3b), and we who dwell on earth acknowledge even our home in this fallen world is full of His glory due to the divine Word. This Word teaches us the ways of God and His gracious and holy will both toward and for His creatures. Faith in God’s Word and life in His world results in right confession and praise, as we sing in the antiphon for Trinity Sunday—“blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity; let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us (liturgical text).”