Deisis (Novogorod)

2008 Liturgical Calendar

Major Fasts and Feasts

January 1 Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord 
Feast of St. Basil the Great
January 6 Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 13 Sunday after Theophany
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
  (The Sunday of Zacchaeus is omitted this year)
January 20 Sunday of Prodigal Son
January 28 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (MeatFare)
January 29

Three Holy Hierarchs, Saints Basil, Gregory and John Chrysostom (Advanced one day due to Cheesefare Wednesday)

February 2 Feast of the Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna  (Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple)
1st All Souls Saturday (Memorial Saturday)
February 3 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
February 4 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
February 10 1st Sunday of Great Lent - Sunday of Orthodoxy
February 16 2nd All Souls Saturday
February 17 2nd Sunday of Great Lent - St. Gregory Palamas
February 23 3rd All Souls Saturday
February 24 3rd Sunday of Great Lent - Veneration of the Holy Cross
March 1 4th All Souls Saturday
March 2 4th Sunday of Great Lent - St. John Climacus
March 6 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 8 Akathistos Saturday
March 9 5th Sunday of Great Lent
The Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste
March 15-23 Great and Holy Week
March 15 Lazarus Saturday
March 16 Flowery Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem
March 17 Holy and Great Monday
March 18 Holy and Great Tuesday
March 19 Holy and Great Wednesday
March 20 Holy and Great Thursday
March 21 Holy and Great Friday
March 22 Holy and Great Saturday
March 23 PASCHA - The Resurrection of Christ
March 23-30 Bright Week
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation to the Mother of God / Bright Tuesday
March 30 2nd Sunday of Pascha - St. Thomas
April 6 3rd Sunday of Pascha - Ointment Bearing Women
April 13 4th Sunday of Pascha - Healing of the Paralytic
April 16 Mid-Pentecost
April 20 5th Sunday of Pascha - Samaritan Women
April 23 Feast of St. George the Great-Martyr
April 27 6th Sunday of Pascha - Man Born Blind
May 1 Day 40 - Ascension of Our Lord
May 4 7th Sunday of Pascha - Holy Fathers of the 1st Nicean Council
May 10 5th All Souls Saturday (Memorial Saturday)
May 11 Day 50 - Pentecost
Feast of SS Cyril & Methodius
May 18 All Saints Sunday
May 19 - June 28 The Apostles' Fast 
June 24 Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 29 Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 13 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
July 20 The Holy Prophet Elias
August 1-14 Dormition Fast
August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
August 29 Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 1 Liturgical New Year
September 8 Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God
September 14 Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
October 1 Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh and Final Ecumenical Council
November 8 Feast of St. Michael and All the Heavenly Hosts
November 15- 
December 24
Philip's Fast (Nativity Fast)
November 21 Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 27 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
December 6 Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker - Patron of the Byzantine Catholic Church
December 9 Feast of the Conception of the Mother of God in the Womb of St. Anne (some Churches celebrate this feast on December 8th)
December 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
(Also: Our Venerable Father Spiridon the Wonder-worker, Bishop of Tremithus)
December 14 Second Sunday Before Christmas 
Holy Forefathers
December 21

Sunday Before Christmas - Holy Fathers

December 25 Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ (Christmas)
December 26 Feast of the Synaxis of the Mother of God
December 27 Feast of St. Stephen, the First-Martyr
December 28

Sunday After Christmas - Commemoration of the Holy and Just Joseph, King David, and James, 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 elsewhere follow the Julian date. In the year AD 2008 Pascha will be celebrated on March 23 on Gregorian calendar and on April 27 on the Julian and Revised Julian calendars.

Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)


Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

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

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina