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

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion - Tone 7)

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

You were transfigured upon the mountain, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion - Tone 7)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Acts of charity, almsgiving and all the external good works do not suppress the arrogance of the heart; but noetic meditation, the labor of repentance, contrition and humility -- these humble the proud mind.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast