Deisis (Novogorod)

2018 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 7
Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 8
Sunday After Theophany
January 14 Sunday of Zacchaeus
January 15 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 21 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
January 28 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
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 3 First All-Souls Saturday
February 4 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 11 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 12 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
February 18 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
February 19 Washington's Birthday (President's Day) (USA)
February 24 Second All-Souls Saturday
February 25 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 3 Third All Souls Saturday
March 4 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 10 Fourth All-Souls Saturday
March 11 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 14 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 17 Akathistos Saturday
March 18 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
March 24-31 Great and Holy Week
March 24 Lazarus Saturday
March 25

Annunciation to the the Mother of God, Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem

March 26 Great and Holy Monday
March 27 Great and Holy Tuesday
March 28 Great and Holy Wednesday
March 29 Great and Holy Thursday
March 30 Great and Holy Friday
March 31 Great and Holy Saturday
April 1
Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 1-8 Bright Week
April 8 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
April 30 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
April 22 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
April 25 Mid-Pentecost
April 29 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 6 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 10
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 13 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 19 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
May 20
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
May 21 Feast of the Holy Trinity, Victoria Day (Canada)
May 27 All Saints Sunday
May 28 - June 28 The Apostles' Fast
May 28 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 15 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 8 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 22 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 23 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
December 30 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 2018 the Gregorian date is April 1 and the Julian date is April 8..


Teachings of Christ

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do not pray that things may be according to your desires, for your desires are not always in keeping with the will of God. It is better to pray as you were taught, saying: "Thy will be done" (Matthew 6:10). Pray in this way about all things, for He always desires what is good and profitable for your soul, whereas you do not always seek it.

Saint Nilus of Mount Sinai: "153 Texts on Prayer"