When Did 7 Become 9?

Today is September 29th, so this 9th month of the year comes to an end tomorrow. September has its origins in the Latin word “septem” which means seven.

Why is the 9th month of the year identified by a word than means seven? On the old Roman calendar, September was the 7th month.

In 1772, Pope Gregory XII reformed the calendar, and in the new order of months September moved from the 7th month to the 9th month. I’m not sure what the Pope’s abbreviated spelling for the month was, but I know the shortened form today is Sept.

As we near the close of the month, let me suggest that you use SEPT as an acronym:
• S—Study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15)
• E—Evangelism: Share your faith (Acts 20:20)
• P—Prayer (Matthew 7:7-8)
• T—Talents: Let God use your talent and ability for His glory (2 Corinthians 8:3-5)

It doesn’t make any difference whether it is the 7th or the 9th month of the year, SEPT will help you live a life that is pleasing to God.