Feast Days of the Orthodox Church


The Ecclesiastical Calendar begins on September 1st. The Feast of Christ's Resurrection, Holy Pascha, is the greatest Feast of the Church and stands in a class by itself. The next in importance are the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church. Then there are countless other feasts celebrated throughout the year. These feasts can be found in the Synaxarion, an ordered listing of the Saints of the Orthodox Church according to the Ecclesiastical Calendar.


Twelve Great Feast Days of the Church Year

September 8 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 14 - Elevation of the Holy Cross
November 21 - Presentation of the Theotokos
December 25 - Christmas
January 6 - Epiphany (The Baptism of Christ)
February 2 - Presentation of the Lord
March 25 - Annunciation
Sunday before Easter - Palm Sunday
Forty Days after Easter - Ascension of the Lord
Fifty Days after Easter - Pentecost
August 6 - Transfiguration of our Lord
August 15 - Dormition of the Theotokos


Other Prominent Feast Days of the Church Year

October 1 - Protecting Veil of the Theotokos (Agia Skepi)
December 6 - St. Nicholas
January 1 - Circumcision of Christ & St. Basil
January 7 - St. John the Baptist
January 30 - Three Hierarchs
Sunday after Pentecost - All Saints
June 24 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 29 - Sts. Peter & Paul
June 30 - Holy Apostles
August 29 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist


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