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 6
Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 7
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..

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.

International conference on violence against Middle East’s religious minorities

CWN - Representatives of 56 nations and 11 international organizations gathered in Paris to discuss how best to assist the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East.

The meeting was hosted by the foreign ministers of France and Jordan.

Participants adopted an action plan that included “supporting affected populations and facilitating durable solutions for refugees and internally displaced persons, fighting impunity and ensuring justice,” and “preserving the diversity and plurality of the Middle East.

Addressing the participants, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, lamented the “unprecedented atrocities” of the past year and called for a change in the legal culture of the Middle East that would allow for freedom to convert as well as to worship.

The prelate also asked the international community to “guarantee the right of refugees to return to their homeland and live in dignity and security” and called upon nations to ensure that their schools foster understanding rather than extremism.

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.

Iraqi prelate pleads for help at first-ever UN session on persecution of Christians

CWN - Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako called upon the UN to address the “catastrophic situation” facing Christians in Iraq, in a March 27 presentation to the Security Council.

The Security Council, on a French initiative, was meeting to discuss the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities by the Islamic State. The March 27 meeting marked the first time that the persecution of Christians has been the focus of a debate at UN headquarters in New York.

“Frankly, the so-called Arab Spring impacted negatively on us,” Patriarch Sako told the meeting. He said that Muslim extremists are unwilling to tolerate other faiths, and conditions have deteriorated for religious minorities.

“At the same time, it is important to understand that these terroristic acts should not be generalized to all Muslims,” the Chaldean Patriarch said. “In fact, there is a silent and peaceful majority of Muslims that reject such politicization of the religion.”

The Iraqi prelate urged international leaders to support his country’s government in a drive for “the liberation of all Iraqi cities-- and for us Christians, Yezidis and Shabaks especially the city of Mosul as well as the towns in the Nineveh plain and villages.” However, he cautioned that military action alone cannot solve the problems facing the country. He urged a concerted effort to counter religious extremism, end support for terrorists, and ensure the restoration of the rule of law.

In the absence of effective action, the Patriarch said, the situation could easily become more dangerous, and violence could escalate: “Millions of children and young people are deprived of schools and education. Millions of refugees are being in camps without care and attention. The growing frustration, unemployment and poverty could easily develop an atmosphere of revenge and extremism.”

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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)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

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

I pray Thee, compassionate Lord, do not allow me to be condemned because of the unworthy and ungrateful manner in which I contemplate the great mysteries that Thou hast revealed to Thy saints and through them to me, a sinner and Thy unworthy servant. For see, Lord, Thy servant stands before Thee, idle in everything, speechless, as one who is dead; and I do not dare to say anything more or to presumptuously contemplate further. But as always I fall down before Thee, crying from the depths of my soul. . . .

St. Peter of Damascus