The Christian Church International took a bold step to increase the visibility of the faith of its members in their everyday lives. Thus, by decree of the Supreme Leader of the Church, all ministers of the Church, as well as all members, were called - whenever possible - to use the liturgical calendar instead of the Roman one.

Roman, not Christian

For what is completely unknown to many people: the world's leading calendar with the months January to December is not of a Christian nature, it is Roman. Only the counting of the years was Christianized.

All other elements of the calendar we are generally familiar with are pre-Christian in nature. Therefore, the months of July and August have the same length of 31 days each.

This anomaly is supposedly due to the legend that these two months were named "July" and "August" in honor of the Roman emperors Julius Caesar and Augustus. But to ensure that neither of the two Roman rulers was disadvantaged, the month of August was simply extended by one day. Thus an equality of these two months was established. The additional day for August was taken away from February since it was shorter anyway due to the leap year system.

Two 31-day long months

However, many people around the world still think that our usual calendar is Christian in nature.

This is wrong, but the rumor is still very persistent. Even the large world churches use the Roman calendar in worldly affairs as a matter of course.

A Church dares to be unconventional

As the first global church, with about 1.5 million members certainly one of the smallest, Christian Church International now wants to bring about a radical change of this tradition under the leadership of its new leader Lukas Emanuel.

Therefore last Sunday the Church leadership published a decree calling for the use of the liturgical calendar in everyday life. Church clergy, as well as church members, are supposed to show that they are pious and faithful Christians. Surprisingly, in practical terms, this is not a major complication. There are now numerous apps that include the liturgical calendar or integrate it into the secular calendar.

A radical decision by a rather liberal church

As radical as this sounds, it is not. Although Christian Church International has a growing conservative wing, it is essentially a relatively liberal neo-apostolic church. It has a modern orientation, among others with 1.3 million followers on Facebook alone, where it also does not represent itself as particularly fundamentalist.