Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

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1) Palm Sunday; 2) Easter Sunday; 3) Ascension of Jesus Christ; 4) Pentecost (Trinity Sunday and the day of Holy Spirit); 5) The Nativity of Jesus Christ (Christmas, Dec. 25, January 7); 6) The Epiphany (Jordan), January 6 (19); 7) The Meeting of our Lord Jesus Christ (February 2 (15); 8) The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, Aug. 6, (l9); 9) The Exaltation of the Holy and the Life-giving Cross, Sept. 14 (27); 10) The Nativity of Holy Virgin Mary, Sept. 8 (21); 11) The Presentation in the Temple of Holy virgin Mary Dec. 4 (Nov. 21); 12) The Annunciation of the Birth-giver of God, March 25 (April 7); 13) The Assumption of Holy Virgin Mary, August 15 (28)..

1) The Circumcision of Jesus Christ, New Year, Jan. 1 (14); 2) Three Saints, Jan. 20, Feb. 12); 3) The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24 (July 7); 4) The Feast of St. Peter and Paul, June 29 (July 12); 5) Be heading of St. John the Baptist, August 29 (Sept. 11); 6) The Protection of Holy Virgin Mary, October 1 (14); 7) The Feast of St. Michael the Archangel; November 8 (21); 8) The Feast of St. Nicholas, Dec. 6 (19)..

The Fasts of the Church:

The Great Fast (Lent) lasts 48 days before Easter. The Fast of St. Peter and Paul begins on Monday after Sunday of all Saints and lasts till July 12. The Fast which precedes the Feast of the Falling Asleep of Holy Virgin Mary, or Assumption of Holy Virgin Mary, lasts 14 days (August 14 till Aug. 28). The fast preparatory to Christmas from November 15 (28) -- Christmas. All Wednesdays and Fridays except after Christmas, Sunday of Publican and Pharisee, Easter Sunday and Pentecost. The Eve of Epiphany (Shchedri Vecher), the Feast of Exaltation of the Cross, and the Feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist..

The Seasons in which the Church does not allow public dances:

In all four Fasts, and from the beginning of the Fast before Christmas till the Feast of Epiphany (Jordan), Nov. 28 (Jan. 20). The Great Lent till the First Sunday after Easter or the Sunday of Thomas, on the Feast of Exaltation of the Cross, and the Feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist..

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