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

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 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