Feasts/Holy Days

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Feasts/Holy Days

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Twelve Great Feasts

The following feasts are listed here to remind us of our obligation to gather with the Church and to foster means of spiritual growth and conversion.
Pascha (Easter)  – The Resurrection of our Lord, Holy Pascha (“Passov er”), is the greatest feast of the Church. It is the centre of the
liturgical year.

The Twelve Great Feasts

There are eight great feasts in honor of our Lord and four great feasts in honor of His Mother. Together, they are called “The Twelve Great Feasts
.” The immovable cycle of the liturgical year begins September 1.
  1. September 8   –   The Nativity of the Mother of God
  2. September 14   – The Universal Exaltation of the Precious Cross
  3. November 21   – The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple
  4. December 25   –  The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas)
  5. January 6         –  Theophany (The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan and the Manifestation of the Trinity)
  6. February 2       –  The Encounter of the Lord in the Temple
  7. March 25         –  The Annunciation to Mary
  8. Palm Sunday  –  Entry into Jerusalem (The Sunday before Pascha)
  9. Ascension        – The Ascension of the Lord (Forty days after Pascha)
  10. Pentecost        – The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Fifty days after Pascha)
  11. August 6         – The Transfiguration of Our Lord
  12. August 15       – The Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Mother of God

Holy Days of Obligation

While the tradition of the Eastern Churches stresses the importance of the Twelve Great Feasts, the following are those holy days that constitute a kind of “minimum” for Eastern Catholics. Canon 880 par. 3 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern (Catholic) Churches states: Holy days of obligation common to all
the Eastern Churches, beyond  Sundays, are:
  • December 25    – The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • January 6          – Theophany of our Lord
  • Ascension          – The Ascension of our Lord
  • June 29              – The Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
  • August 25          – The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God
Source: The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Ottawa, 2004, pp.18\ -19.

Calendar

  • July 23, 2017
    7th Sunday after Pentecost; Octoechos Tone 6; Holy Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus and those with them (284-305); Miracle of the Pochaiv Icon of the Mother of God against the Invaders (1675); Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 9:27-35

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  • July 24, 2017
    † The Holy Martyrs Borys and Hlib, Named Roman and David at Holy Baptism (1015); Holy Great-Martyr Christine; Romans 8:28-39; John 15:17-16:2

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  • July 25, 2017
    † The Dormition of Saint Anna, Mother of the Most Holy God-bearer (Theotokos); Holy Women Olympiada and Eupraxia (5th c.); Galatains 4:22-31; Luke 8:16-21

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  • July 26, 2017
    The Holy Priest-Martyr Hermolaus and those with him (286-305); Holy Venerable-Martyr Parasceve; 1 Corinthians 10:12-22; Matthew 16:20-24

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  • July 27, 2017
    † The Holy Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon (286-305); Our Holy Father Clement the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Okhrid (910); 2 Timothy 2:1-10; John 15:17-16:2

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  • July 28, 2017
    The Holy Apostles and Deacons Prochor, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas (1st-2nd c.); 1 Corinthians 11:8-22; Matthew 17:10-18

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  • July 29, 2017
    The Holy Martyr Callinicus; Romans 13:1-10; Matthew 12:30-37

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