Deisis (Novogorod)

2014 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 12
Sunday After Theophany 
January 20
Martin Luther King Day (USA)
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)
Sunday of Zacchaeus
February 9 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 16 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 17 Presidents' Day (USA)
February 22 First All-Souls Saturday
February 23 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
March 2 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
March 3 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
March 9 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
March 15 Second All-Souls Saturday
March 16 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 22 Third All Souls Saturday
March 23 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 9 Fourth All-Souls Saturday
March 25 Annunciation to the Mother of God
March 30 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
April 3 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
April 5 Akathistos Saturday
April 6 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
April 12-19 Great and Holy Week
April 12 Lazarus Saturday
April 13 Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem
April 14 Great and Holy Monday
April 15 Great and Holy Tuesday
April 16 Great and Holy Wednesday
April 17 Great and Holy Thursday
April 18 Great and Holy Friday
April 19 Great and Holy Saturday
April 20 Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 20-27 Bright Week
April 29 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
May 4 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
May 11 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
May 14 Mid-Pentecost
May 18 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 19 Victoria Day (Canada)
May 25 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 26 Memorial Day (USA)
May 29 Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
June 1 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
June 7 Fifth All-Souls Saturay
June 8
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
June 15 All Saints Sunday
June 16 - 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 13 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 1 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 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
October 19 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 27 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 14 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 21 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 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 2014 the calendars are together and all celebrate the Feast of Feasts, the Resurrection of our Lord, on April 20th.


Troparion of the Resurrection

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, * You slew Hades with the lightning of Your divinity. * And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, * all the heavenly Powers cried out: * “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to You!” (Troparion)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh