Deisis (Novogorod)

2017 Liturgical Calendar

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
Sunday Before Theophany
New Year's Day (Civil)
January 6
Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 8
Sunday After Theophany
January 16 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 30
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 5 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 12 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 18 First All-Souls Saturday
February 19 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 20 Washington's Birthday (President's Day) (USA)
February 26 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 27 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
March 5 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
March 11 Second All-Souls Saturday
March 12 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 18 Third All Souls Saturday
March 19 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 25 Annunciation to the the Mother of God (Fourth All-Souls Saturday cancelled)
March 26 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 30 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
April 1 Akathistos Saturday
April 2 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
April 8-16 Great and Holy Week
April 8 Lazarus Saturday
April 9
Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem
April 10 Great and Holy Monday
April 11 Great and Holy Tuesday
April 12 Great and Holy Wednesday
April 13 Great and Holy Thursday
April 14 Great and Holy Friday
April 15 Great and Holy Saturday
April 16
Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 16-23 Bright Week
April 23 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
April 30 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
May 7 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
May 10 Mid-Pentecost
May 14 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 21 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 22 Victoria Day (Canada)
May 25
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 28 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 29 Memorial Day (USA)
June 3 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
June 4
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
June 5 Feast of the Holy Trinity
June 11 All Saints Sunday
June 12 - 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 16 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 (7526)
September 4 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 9 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
October 15 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 23 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 17 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 24

Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers) / 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
December 31 Sunday after Christmas: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

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 2017 the calendars are both April 16th.


Teachings of Christ

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

A LIght to Enlighten

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

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

It was said about John the Little that one day he said to his older brother: "I want to be free from care and not to work but to worship God without interruption." And he took his robe off, and went into the desert. After staying there one week, he returned to his brother. And when he knocked at the door, his brother asked without opening it: "Who is it?" He replied: "It's John, your brother." The brother said: "John has become an angel and is not among people anymore." Then he begged and said: "It's me!" But his brother did not open the door and left him there in distress until the next morning. And he finally opened the door and said: "If you are a human being, you have to work again in order to live." Then John repented, saying: "Forgive me, brother, for I was wrong."

Sayings of the Desert Fathers