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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

  • May 21, 2017
    6th Sunday of Pascha: Sunday of the Man Born Blind; Holy Great Rulers Constantine (337) and Helen (330), Equals-to-the-Apostles; Acts 16:16-34; Acts 26:1-5, 12-20; John 9:1-38; John 10:1-8

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  • May 22, 2017
    The Holy Martyr Basiliscus (286-305); Acts 17:1-15; John 11:47-57

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  • May 23, 2017
    Our Venerable Father and Confessor Michael, Bishop of Synada (826); Venerable Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Hegumena of the Monastery of the Holy Saviour (1173); Acts 17:19-28; John 12:19-36

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  • May 24, 2017
    Leave-taking of Pascha; Venerable Father Simeon of the “Mountain of Wonders”; Acts 18:22-28; John 12:36-47

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  • May 25, 2017
    Ascension of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ; Third Finding of the Precious Head of the Holy, Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; Passing into Eternal Life (1951) of Blessed Mykola (Nicholas) Tsehelsky, Priest and Martyr; Acts 1:1-12; Luke 24:36-53

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  • May 26, 2017
    Post-feast of the Ascension; The Holy Apostle Carpus, One of the Seventy Disciples; Acts 19:1-8; John 14:1-11

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  • May 27, 2017
    Post-feast of the Ascension; The Holy Priest-Martyr Therapontus (254-59); Acts 20:7-12; John 14:10-21

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