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21 So Jesus said to them [again], “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”  (John 20:21-23)

Eastern Christian Formation Classes are conducted during the school year every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM in our Parish Center classrooms. Our program covers Grades K thru 12.  Parents whose children are not enrolled in Catholic school or home schooled are reminded to faithfully send their children to all sessions.

Eastern Catholics are called upon to attend the Divine Liturgy to celebrate ALL the major feasts of the LORD and of the Mother of God and the Forerunner throughout the year. However our bishops have established “days of obligation” in imitation of the West. Unlike the Latin church, these days are not moved to a Sunday.

Holy Days of Obligation {Precept):

06-Jan- Theophany of Our Lord
——– Ascension Thursday
29-Jun- Feast of SS. Peter & Paul
15-Aug- Dormition of the Theotokos
25-Dec- Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Solemn Holy Days:

01-Jan- Circumcision / Feast of St. Basil
02-Feb- Meeting of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna
25-Mar- Annunciation to the Theotokos
——– Bright Monday
24-Jun- Nativity of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist
06-Aug- Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
08-Sep- Nativity of the Theotokos
14-Sep- Exaltation of the Cross
01-Oct- Protection of the Theotokos
08-Nov- Synaxis of Archangel Michael and All Angelic Powers
21-Nov- Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

06-Dec- Holy Father Nicholas of Myra
08-Dec- Conception of the Theotokos by St. Anna
26-Dec- Synaxis of the Theotokos

Simple Holy Days:

30-Jan- Three Holy Hierarchs
23-Apr- Great Martyr George
——– Bright Tuesday
——– Pentecost Monday
20-Jul- Feast of St. Elijah
29-Aug- Beheading of St. John the Baptist
27-Dec- Feast of St. Stephen

The Divine Liturgy of our holy father Basil the Great is served on specific days in the liturgical year of the Byzantine Churches.

When the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil is celebrated in the evening, it is combined with Vespers to form a Vigil Divine Liturgy.


Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

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