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The Twelve Great Feasts

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The Twelve Great Feast days

September 8
The Nativity of the Theotokos
September 14
The Elevation of the Precious Cross
November 21
The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 25
The Nativity of Christ
January 6
Theophany - The Baptism of Christ
February 2
The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple
March 25
The Annunciation
The Sunday before Pascha
Palm Sunday
The Fortieth Day after Pascha
The Ascension
The Fiftieth Day after Pascha
Pentecost
August 6
The Transfiguration of Christ
August 15
The Dormition of the Theotokos

Fasting Seasons and Days

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Fasting Seasons and Days

Pure Monday through Lazarus Saturday
The Great Lent
Palm Sunday evening through Great Saturday
Holy Week
Monday after All Saints through June 28
The Fast of the Holy Apostle
August 1 through August 14
The Dormition Fast
August 29
The Beheading of the Forerunner
September 14
The Elevation of the Precious Cross
November 15 through December 24
The Nativity Fast (Advent)
January 5
The Eve of Theophany
 
Each Wednesday and Friday, except during these four fast-free seasons:
  • December 25 through January 4
  • The week following the Sunday of the Pharisee & Publican
  • The week following Pascha (Bright Week)
  • The week following Pentecost

Scripture Readings Throughout the Year

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Scripture Readings Throughout the Year

(see readings for this month)

Old Testament Readings are read for Feast Day Vespers,and at Sixth Hour and Vespers during lent. The New Testament Readings are found at Matins and the Divine Liturgy.

The annual cycle of the Gospels is composed of four series:

  1. The Gospel of St. John is read from Pascha until Pentecost Sunday
  2. The Gospel of St. Matthew readings are divided over seventeen weeks beginning with the Monday of the Holy Spirit (the day after Pentecost). From the twelfth week, it is read on Saturdays and Sundays while the Gospel of St. Mark is read on the remaining weekdays
  3. The Gospel of St. Luke divided over nineteen weeks beginning on the Monday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross, interrupting the cycle. The 11th Sunday of Luke is always read 2 Sundays before the Nativity, and that Sunday’s reading from Luke is read on the 11th Sunday of Luke. From the thirteenth week, it is only read on Saturdays and Sundays, while St. Mark's Gospel is again read on the remaining weekdays
  4. The Gospel of St. Mark is also read during the Lenten period on Saturdays and Sundays with the exception of the Sunday of Orthodoxy. 

The annual cycle of Apostolic readings 

  • The Acts of the Apostles begin on Pascha and continue through Pentecost.
  • Epistle readings start on the Tuesday after Pentecost,  Romans begins and the readings continue pretty much in order with the rest of the New Testament books. The more important readings are generally done on a Sunday or a Saturday with the others on the weekdays.
  • The Book of Revelation is not used in the Lectionary cycle, probably because this cycle pre-dates the addition of this book to the Bible.

Nativity interruption and yearly adjustment

From about two Sundays before Christmas, to the Sunday after the Theophany advent - Nativity -Theophany, readings interupr the cycle.  And after that, and before the Pre-Lenten Season,  there is usually an adjustment to the cycle. Readings may be repeated or skipped depending on when Pascha fell the previous year and when it falls in the coming year. On Zacchaeus Sunday, the Sunday before the Triodion begins, the apostolic reading for the 32nd Sunday after Pentecost, and the gospel reading for the 15th Sunday of Luke, is used. This is where readings may be skipped if needed. If readings need to be repeated, many churches just count backwards from this Sunday back to the Nativity - Theophany interruption. (This skipping or repeating of scripture readings does not change the cycle of Tones (Prokeimenon or Alleluia Verses).

Other readings

There are also prescribed readings for Sunday and Feastday Matins, Fixed Feastday and Lenten vespers, Feastday Liturgies,  and some other occasions such as Weddings, Baptisms, and Burials. 

Because of the Fixed Feasts, a particular day of the liturgical year may have more then one set of readings, those based on the movable cycle listed above, and those based upon the fixed date cycle. In some cases the readings of the movable cycle outrank those of the fixed cycle such as Pascha, and in other cases the fixed cycle outrank those of the movable cycle such as the Nativity.

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Lesser Feasts

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Lesser Feasts

September 1
The Church New Year (Indiction)
September 23
Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
September 24
The Holy New-martyrs of Alaska: Priestmonk Juvenaly and Peter the Aleut
September 26
Repose of St. John the Theologian  
October 1
The Protection of the Most-Holy Theotokos
October 6
The Glorification of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to the Americas  
October 9
The Glorification of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America   
October 17 (or closest Sunday)
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
October 31
The Repose of Priestmartyr John Kochurov
November 8
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
November 13
St. John Chrysostom 
November 30
Apostle Andrew, the Holy and All-Praised First-Called
December 4
Glorification of the Priestmartyr Alexander Hotovitzky
December 6
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia 
December 13
The Repose of Our Venerable Father Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska and All-America
January 1
The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ
St. Basil the Great
January 7
Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
January 17
St. Anthony the Great, Father of Monasticism
Sunday closest to January 25 (the day of Metropolitan Vladimir's martyrdom)
Synaxis of Russia's New Martyrs and Confessors.
January 20
St. Euthymius 
January 30
The Three Hierarchs: SS. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom 
February 27
The Repose of St. Raphel, Bishop of Brooklyn
March 31
The Repose of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Enlightener of North America  
April 7
The Repose of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America  
April 23
The Holy Greatmartyr and Victorybearer George
May 7
The Repose of the Righteous Alexis Toth
May 8
The Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the
May 11
The Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and Methodius
May 21
The Holy Equal-to-the-Apostle Emperor Constantine and his mother, St. Helen
First Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints
June 24
The Nativity of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord John 
June 29
The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul 
July 15
The Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir
July 20
The Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah
July 26
The Repose of St. Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of the Peoples of Alaska
August 1
The Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord
August 9
The Glorification of Our Venerable Father Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska and All America 
August 13
The Repose of St. Tikhon, Bishop of Voronezh, Wonderworker of Zadonsk and All Russia
August 29
The Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist of the Lord, John 

 


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Order of Divine Services

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Order of Divine Services.

By Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy

The order of divine services are divided into three cycles: daily, weekly, and yearly.

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Scripture Readings for Saturdays

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Scripture Readings for Saturdays

Scripture readings for the Saturdays from Pentecost until the Triodion.

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Scripture Readings for Weekdays

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Scripture Readings for Weekdays

Scripture readings for the weekdays from Pentecost until the Triodion.

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Scripture Readings for Saturdays of Pre-Lent and Lent

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Scripture Readings for Saturdays of Pre-Lent and Lent

Scripture readings for the Saturday after the Publican and the Pharisee to the Saturday before Lent.

Saturday after
Sunday of the
Publican and the Pharisee
  2 Timothy 3:1-9 Luke 20:45-21:4
Saturday after
Sunday of the
Prodigal Son
  1 Corinthians 10:23-28 Luke 21:8-9,25-27,33-36
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (Departed) John 5:24-30 (Departed)
Saturday after
Sunday of
Last Judgment
(Meat Fare)
  Romans 14:19-26 Matthew 6:1-13
Galatians 5:22-6:2 (God-bearing Fathers) Matthew 11:27-30 (God-bearing Fathers)

 

Scripture readings for the Saturday of Great Lent.

 

1st Saturday   Hebrews 1:1-12 Mark 2:23-3:5
2 Timothy 2:1-10 (St. Theodore) John 15:17-16:2 (St. Theodore)
2nd Saturday   Hebrews 3:12-16 Mark 1:35-44
  1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (Departed) John 5:24-30 (Departed)
3rd Saturday    Hebrews 10:32-38 Mark 2:14-17
  1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (Departed) John 5:24-30 (Departed)
4th Saturday   Hebrews 6:9-12 Mark 7:31-37
  1 Corinthians 15:47-57 (Departed) John 5:24-30 (Departed)
5th Saturday   Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 8:27-31
  Hebrews 9:1-7 (Theotokos) Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 (Theotokos)
(Lazarus Saturday)   Hebrews 12:28-13:8 John 11:1-45

Scripture Readings for Weekdays of Pre-Lent

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Scripture Readings for Weekdays of Pre-Lent

Scripture readings for the weekdays from the Monday after the Publican and the Pharisee to the Friday before Lent.

After Sunday of the
Publican and the Pharisee
Monday   2 Peter 1:20-2:9 Mark 13:9-13
Tuesday   2 Peter 2:9-22 Mark 13:14-23
Wednesday   2 Peter 3:1-18 Mark 13:24-31
Thursday   1 John 1:8-2:6 Mark 13:31-14:2
Friday   1 John 2:7-17 Mark 14:3-9
After Sunday of the
Prodigal Son
Monday   1 John 2:18-3:10 Mark 11:1-11
Tuesday   1 John 3:11-20 Mark 14:10-42
Wednesday   1 John 3:21-4:6 Mark 14:43-15:1
Thursday   1 John 4:20-5:21 Mark 15:1-15
Friday   2 John 1:1-13 Mark 15:22-25,33-41
After Sunday of
Last Judgment
(Meat Fare)
Monday   3 John 1:1-15 Luke 19:29-40; 22:7-39
Tuesday   Jude 1:1-10 Luke 22:39-42,45-23:1
Wednesday Joel 2:12-26 (6th Hour)
Joel 3:12-21 (Vespers)
  (No Liturgy)
Thursday   Jude 1:11-25 Luke 23:2-34,44-56
Friday Zechariah 8:7-17 (6th Hour)
Zechariah 8:19-23 (Vespers)
  (No Liturgy)

Scripture Readings for Weekdays of Great Lent

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Scripture Readings for Weekdays of Great Lent

During  the weekdays of Great Lent, Isaiah is read at the Sixth Hour, and Genesis and Proverbs are read at Vespers (or Presanctified Liturgy). No Divine Liturgies are served during the Weekdays of Great Lent, except if the Feast of the Annunciation falls on a weekday.

 

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Subcategories

  • Church Year

    Church Year

    Cycles of Feasts and Fasting - The Church Year

    The first of September is considered the start of the Church year according to the Orthodox Church calendar. But the liturgical center of the annual cycle of Orthodox worship is the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. All elements of Orthodox liturgical piety point to and flow from Easter, the celebration of the New Christian Passover. Even the "fixed feasts" of the Church such as Christmas and Epiphany which are celebrated according to a fixed date on the calendar take their liturgical form and inspiration from the Paschal feast.

    The  five links here retrive information from our online calendar.

    • Daily Calendar - Information links about any day from our database.
    • Monthly Calendar - Some information and links to the daily Calendar pages.
    • Fixed Feasts by Month - lists all the fixed feast days and can search for feast days also.
    • Movable Feast by Year - list the dates of the movable feasts by year.
    • Readings - lists the different cycles of readings, and has a display of how the cycles fall on a given mouth and year.

    Articles in this section of our website will list the cycles of feast and fasts of our Church.

    Article Count:
    15
  • Coming events

    Coming events


    This section of our website lists events coming up.
    Also check the Sisterhood Corner for other announcements.
    ( Services are not listed here, they have there own section called Schedule of Services. )


    Article Count:
    12
  • Fixed Feasts

    List of fixed feast days by month.

    Article Count:
    1
  • Movable Feasts

    Movable Feasts Days

    Article Count:
    1
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