Deisis (Novogorod)

2016 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 3 Sunday Before Theophany
January 6
Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 10
Sunday After Theophany
January 17 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
January 18 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 24 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
January 30
Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
First All-Souls Saturday
January 31 Sunday of the Secone Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 2
Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna
(Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
February 7 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 8 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
February 14 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
February 15 Washington's Birthday (President's Day) (USA)
February 20 Second All-Souls Saturday
February 21 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
February 27 Third All Souls Saturday
February 28 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 5 Fourth All Souls Saturday
March 6 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 10 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 12 Akathistos Saturday
March 13 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
March 19-27 Great and Holy Week
March 19 Lazarus Saturday
March 20
Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem
March 21 Great and Holy Monday
March 22 Great and Holy Tuesday
March 23 Great and Holy Wednesday
March 24 Great and Holy Thursday
March 25 Annunciation to the Mother of God / Great and Holy Friday
March 26 Great and Holy Saturday
March 27
Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
March 27 - April 3 Bright Week
April 3 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
April 10 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
April 17 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
April 20 Mid-Pentecost
April 24 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 1 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 5
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 8 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 14 Fifth All-Souls Saturay
May 15
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
May 16 Feast of the Holy Trinity
May 22 All Saints Sunday
May 23 Victoria Day (Canada)
May 29 - June 28 The Apostles' Fast
May 30 Memorial Day (USA)
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 (7525)
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
December 18

Suday 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,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 2017 the calendars are both April 16th.


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)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We truly love God and keep His commandments if we restrain ourselves from our pleasures. For he who still abandons himself to unlawful desires certainly does not love God, since he contradicts Him in his own intentions. . . Therefore, he loves God truly, whose mind is not conquered by consent to evil delight. For the more one takes pleasure in lower things, the more he is separated from heavenly love.

St. Gregory the Great