Major Feasts and Fasts

Pascha and the 12 Great Feasts are in bold.
Includes Major Civil Holidays in the United States and Canada
January 1
Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Feast of St. Basil the Great
New Year's Day (Civil)
January 6
Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 11
Sunday After Theophany
January 18 Sunday of Zacchaeus
January 19
Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 25 Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
January 30
Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
February 1 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 2
Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna
(Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
February 7 First All-Souls Saturday
February 8 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 15 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 16 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast, President's Day (USA)
February 22 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
February 28 Second All-Souls Saturday
March 1 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 7 Third All Souls Saturday
March 8 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 13 Fourth All-Souls Saturday
March 14 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 19 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 21 Akathistos Saturday
March 22 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
March 25 Annunciation to the Mother of God
March 28 - April 4 Great and Holy Week
March 28 Lazarus Saturday
March 29 Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem
March 30 Great and Holy Monday
March 31 Great and Holy Tuesday
April 1 Great and Holy Wednesday
April 2 Great and Holy Thursday
April 3 Great and Holy Friday
April 4 Great and Holy Saturday
April 5 Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 5-12 Bright Week
April 12 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
April 19 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
April 26 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
April 29 Mid-Pentecost
May 3 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 10 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 14 Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 17 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 18 Victoria Day (Canada)
May 23 Fifth All-Souls Saturay
May 24 Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
May 25 Feast of the Holy Trinity, Memorial Day (USA)
May 31 All Saints Sunday
June 1 - June 28 The Apostles' Fast
June 24 Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
June 29 The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul
July 1 Canada Day (Canada)
July 4 Independence Day (USA)
July 19 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
July 20 Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah
August 1-14
Dormition Fast
August 6 Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
August 15 The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
August 29 The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
September 1 Liturgical New Year (7524)
September 7 Labor Day (USA), Labour Day (Canada)
September 8 The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 14 The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 1 The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
October 12 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
October 18 Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
November 8 Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
November 11 Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
November 15 Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
November 21 The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
November 26 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
December 6 St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
December 9 (8) The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 13 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 20 Suday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
December 25 The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
December 26
Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
Boxing Day (Canada)
December 27 First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
December 27 Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
December 28 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
December 29 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem

Note: The Byzantine liturgical year starts on September 1 and ends on August 31. The movable feasts are determined by the date of Pascha (the feast of the Resurrection). There are two systems currently in use to calculate Pascha - Gregorian (Western) and Julian (Eastern). Roman Catholics, most Byzantine Catholics in America and some Orthodox (notably those in Finland) follow the Gregorian date. Some Byzantines in America and most Byzantines and Orthodox in Canada and elsewhere follow the Julian date. In the year AD 2015 the calendars are one week apart. The Gregorian Calendar celebrates Pascha (Easter) on Sunday, April 5th, and the Julian Calendar on April 12th.


Teachings of Christ

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It is better to eat meat and drink wine and not to eat the flesh of one's brethren through slander.

Abba Hyperechius