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2013 Liturgical Calendar

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 13
Sunday After Theophany (Zacchaeus Sunday is omitted this year)
January 20 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
January 21 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 27 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
January 30
Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
February 2
Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna
(Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
February 2 First All-Souls Saturday (Omitted or transferred this year)
February 3 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 10 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 11 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
February 17 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
February 18 President's Day (USA)
February 23 Second All-Souls Saturday
February 24 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 2 Third All Souls Saturday
March 3 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 9 Fourth All-Souls Saturday
March 10 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 14 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 16 Akathistos Saturday
March 17 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
March 23-31 Great and Holy Week
March 23 Lazarus Saturday
March 24 Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem
March 25 Great and Holy Monday - Annunciation to the Mother of God
March 26 Great and Holy Tuesday
March 27 Great and Holy Wednesday
March 28 Great and Holy Thursday
March 29 Great and Holy Friday
March 30 Great and Holy Saturday
March 31 Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
March 31-April 7 Bright Week
April 7 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
April 14 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
April 21 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic)
April 24 Mid-Pentecost
April 28 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 5 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 9 Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 11 Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
May 12 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 18 Fifth All-Souls Saturay
May 19 Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
May 20 Victoria Day (Canada)
May 26 All Saints Sunday
May 27 Memorial Day (USA)
May 27 - 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 14 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 (7522)
September 2 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 13 Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
October 14 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
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 28 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 15 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 22 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 28 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
December 29 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem
December 29 Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

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 2013 the Gregorian date for Pascha is March 31 and the Julian date for Pascha is May 5 (five weeks apart). The above calendar is for the Gregorian listing.

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why are you sleeping? The end draws near, and soon you will be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ your God may spare you, for He is everywhere present and fills all things.

From the Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The hour of death will come upon us, it will come, and we shall not escape it. May the prince of this world and of the air (cf. John 14:30; Eph. 2:2) find our misdeeds few and petty when he comes, so that he will not have good grounds for convicting us. Otherwise we shall weep in vain. 'For that servant who knew his lord's will and did not do it as a servant, shall be beaten with many stripes' (cf. Luke 12:47).

St. Hesychius the Priest
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