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 10
Sunday After Theophany
January 18 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 17 Sunday of Zacchaeus
January 24 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
January 30 Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
January 31 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 6 First All-Souls Saturday
February 7 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 17 President's Day (USA)
February 14 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 15 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
February 21 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
February 27 Second All-Souls Saturday
February 28 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 6 Third All Souls Saturday
March 7 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 18 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 20 Akathistos Saturday
March 21 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
March 25 Annunciation to the Mother of God
March 27 - April 4 Great and Holy Week
March 27 Lazarus Saturday
March 28

Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem

March 29 Great and Holy Monday
March 30 Great and Holy Tuesday
March 31 Great and Holy Wednesday
April 1 Great and Holy Thursday
April 2 Great and Holy Friday
April 3 Great and Holy Saturday
April 4
Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 4-11 Bright Week
April 11 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
April 18 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
April 25 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic)
April 28 Mid-Pentecost
May 2 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 9 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 11 Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius
May 13
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 16 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 22 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
May 23
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
May 24 Feast of the Holy Trinity
May 30 All Saints Sunday
May 30 - June 28 The Apostles' Fast
May 31 Memorial Day (USA), Victoria Day (Canada)
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 18 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 (7528)
September 5 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 11 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada
October 17 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 25 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 12 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 19 Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
December 24

Christmas Eve

December 25 The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
December 26
Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God,unday after Christmas: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord
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

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 2020 the Gregorian date is April 12 and the Julian date is April 19.


Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great