Deisis (Novogorod)

2007 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 7 Sunday after Theophany
Feast of the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist, Prophet and Forerunner
January 21 Sunday of Zacchaeus
January 28 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
January 30

Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (MeatFare) Three Holy Hierarchs, Saints Basil, Gregory and John Chrysostom

February 2 Feast of the Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna  (Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple)
February 4 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 10 1st All Souls Saturday (Memorial Saturday)
February 11 Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare)
February 28 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
February 21 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
February 25 1st Sunday of Great Lent - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 3 2nd All Souls Saturday
March 4 2nd Sunday of Great Lent - St. Gregory Palamas
March 10 3rd All Souls Saturday
March 11 3rd Sunday of Great Lent - Veneration of the Holy Cross
March 17 4th All Souls Saturday
March 18 4th Sunday of Great Lent - St. John Climacus
March 22 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 24 Akathistos Saturday
March 25 5th Sunday of Great Lent
Feast of the Annunciation to the Mother of God
March 31-April 8 Great and Holy Week
March 31 Lazarus Saturday
April 1 Flowery Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem
April 2 Holy and Great Monday
April 3 Holy and Great Tuesday
April 4 Holy and Great Wednesday
April 5 Holy and Great Thursday
April 6 Holy and Great Friday
April 7 Holy and Great Saturday
April 8 PASCHA - The Resurrection of Christ
April 8-15 Bright Week
April 15 2nd Sunday of Pascha - St. Thomas
April 22 3rd Sunday of Pascha - Ointment Bearing Women
April 23 Feast of St. George the Great-Martyr
April 29 4th Sunday of Pascha - Healing of the Paralytic
May 2 Mid-Pentecost
May 6 5th Sunday of Pascha - Samaritan Women
May 11 Feast of SS Cyril & Methodius
May 13 6th Sunday of Pascha - Man Born Blind
May 17 Day 40 - Ascension of Our Lord
May 20 7th Sunday of Pascha - Holy Fathers of the 1st Nicean Council
May 26 5th All Souls Saturday (Memorial Saturday)
May 27 Day 50 - Pentecost
June 3 All Saints Sunday
June 4 - June 28 The Apostles' Fast 
June 24 Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 29 Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 15 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 Theotokos
September 14 Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
October 1 Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos
October 14 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 22 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 16 Second Sunday Before Christmas 
Holy Forefathers
December 23

Sunday Before Christmas - Holy Fathers
Christmas Eve

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 30

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 2007 Pascha will be celebrated on April 8 on both the Gregorian and Julian calendars.

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)

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

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

He who suffers wrong and does not demand any reparation from the man who wronged him, trusts in Christ to make good the loss; and he is rewarded a hundredfold in this world and inherits eternal life (cf. Mk 10:30).

Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779