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 9
Sunday After Theophany
January 17 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 24 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
January 30 Sunday of Zacchaeus, 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 6 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 13 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 19 First All-Souls Saturday
February 20 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 21 President's Day (USA)
February 27 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 28 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
March 6 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
March 12 Second All-Souls Saturday
March 13 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 19 Third All Souls Saturday
March 20 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 25 Annunciation of the Mother of God
March 26 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel (Fourth All-Souls Saturday cancelled or transferred this year)
March 17 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 31 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
April 2 Akathistos Saturday
April 3 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
April 9 End of the Holy Forty Day's Fast (at sunset or after Vespers or Presanctified on Friday)
April 9-16 Great and Holy Week
March 27 Lazarus Saturday
April 10

Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem

April 11 Great and Holy Monday
April 12 Great and Holy Tuesday
April 13 Great and Holy Wednesday
April 14 Great and Holy Thursday
April 15 Great and Holy Friday
April 17 Great and Holy Saturday
April 17
Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 18-22 Bright Week
April 24 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
May 1 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
May 8 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic)
May 11 Mid-Pentecost, Feast of SS Cyril & Methodiux
May 15 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 22 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 26
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 29 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 30 Memorial Day (USA), Victoria Day (Canada)
June 4 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
June 5
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
June 6 Pentecost Monday: Feast of the Holy Trinity
June 12 All Saints Sunday
June 12-29 The Apostles' Fast (The fast begins with the vespers on Sunday evening and concludes on June 29th)
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 17 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 (7531)
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 10 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada
October 16 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 24 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 11 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Ruthenians, USA)
December 18 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, 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 2022 the Gregorian date is April 17 and the Julian date is April 24.

Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)


At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * “You have come, and You have appeared , O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

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 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

According to the text, `We are the body of Christ and each of us is one of its members' (cf. 1 Cor. 12:27), we are said to be the body of Christ. We do not become this body through the loss of our own bodies; nor again because Christ's Body passes into us hypostatically or is divided into members; but rather because we conform to the likeness of the Lord's flesh by shaking off the corruption of sin. For just as Christ in His manhood was sinless by nature both in flesh and in soul, so we too who believe in Him, and have clothed ourselves in Him through the Spirit, can be without sin to Him if we so choose.

St. Maximus the Confessor, Second Century on Theology, Philokalia, V. 2