Blow the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
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Augustine of Hippo
6. "Sound the trumpet" (ver. 3). This is, Loudly and boldly preach, be not affrighted! as the Prophet says in a certain place, "Cry out, and lift up as with a trumpet thy voice." Sound the trumpet in the beginning of the month of the trumpet." It was ordered, that in the beginning of the month there should be a sounding of the trumpet: and this even now the Jews do in bodily sort, after the spirit they understand it not. For the beginning of the month, is the new moon: the new moon, is the new life. What is the new moon? "If any, then, is in Christ, he is a new creature." What is, "sound the trumpet in the beginning of the month of the trumpet "? With all confidence preach ye the new life, fear not the noise of the old life.
New moon of Tisri, Leviticus xxiii. 24.
Noted. Hebrew, "in the obscure, in the day of our solemnity. "(Calmet)
Protestants, "in the time appointed, on our solemn feast-day. "Cose may denote "obscure or appointed "(St. Jerome) "in the middle of the month "(Haydock) which alludes to the feast of tabernacles, when the Jews dwelt under the shade of tents, made of branches. This was esteemed "the most holy and greatest "of their festivals. (Josephus, viii. 2.) (Numbers xxix. 12., and Proverbs vii. 20.) (Calmet)
It may also be explained of the new moon of Tisri, (Menochius) when the people were admonished of the beginning of the civil year, or of the three great festivals to be then celebrated, perhaps (Haydock) in memory of the world's creation, at that season. (Berthier)
How carefully ought we not, therefore, to celebrate the Christian holidays, which are instituted to excite our gratitude for greater benefits! (Haydock)
The days of the new moons (Numbers xxviii. 11.) were consecrated...