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** Greatest Festival of the Orthodox Church year.
Every Wednesday and Friday of the year - with specified exceptions - are fast days.
* PALM SUNDAY - Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. Sunday before Easter
* * EASTER - The Feast of Feasts - Falls on the Sunday following the Spring full moon.
* ASCENSION - Forty days after Easter. Always falls on a Thursday.
* PENTECOST - Fifty days after Easter. Always falls on a Sunday.
ST. PETER'S LENT - A moveable Lenten period preceding Sts. Peter and Paul's Day.
ASSUMPTION LENT - A fifteen-day Lenten period preceding the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
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Religious Dedication of the Days of the
Daily Cycle of Services & The Hours
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the day is reckoned from sunset to sunset, not from midnight to midnight. This practice of reckoning time is as it was in olden times when Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostles walked the earth.
The Western Branch of the Orthodox Church follows similarly but from Midnight to Midnight. Oft times these are referred to as the "Canonical Hours" - Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None-Vespers, Compline.
One of the most interesting aspects of differences between the Church of the East and the Church of the West is that in the East, in regards to certain matters or issues, there are no absolutes as there are in the Western Church as regards the times used in the following.
The Orthodox Church day, with the services traditionally ascribed to the various times is as follows:
|First Hour||6 A.M. to 9 A.M.||First Hour|
|Third Hour||9 A.M. to Noon||Third Hour|
|Sixth Hour||12 Noon to 3 P.M.||Sixth Hour|
|Ninth Hour||3 P.M. to 6 P.M.||Ninth Hour|
|Evening||6 P.M. to 9 P.M.||Vespers|
|Midnight||9 P.M. to 12 P.M.||Aftervespers (Compline)|
|Cockcrow||12 Midnight to 3 A.M.||Mesonykties|
|Morning||3 A.M. to 6 A.M.||Orthos|
The simplest form of Orthodox service is the HOURS, performed during
the different hours of the day.
First Hour (7 AM.) Beginning of the Day.
Third Hour (9 A.M.) Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles
Sixth Hour (Noon) Christ was nailed to the Cross
Ninth Hour (3 P.M.) Christ gave up His Spirit, dying on the Cross
Before the Liturgy, the Third and Sixth Hours are recited.
Before Vespers, the Ninth Hour is read
(Manifestation of the Most Holy Trinity - Great Blessing of Waters)
(January 14) January 1 - St. Basil the Great - (also one of the Three Hierarchs commemorated on January 30th)
January 14 - St. Hilary - was a native of Poitiers, and his family was one of the most illustrious in Gaul. In the year 353 he was chosen bishop of Poitiers. About the year 356 he was banished by order of Emperor Constantius. He died in his native city, January 13, 363.
January 14 - St. Felix - a priest of Nola near Naples, is also commemorated on this day. He is famous for many miracles.
January 15 - St. Paul, Abbot - In the middle of the third century St. Paul, a native of Egypt, fled into the desert, at the age of twenty-two, to escape the persecution that Emperor Decius waged against Christians. There he devoted his life to penance and prayer. He passed nearly a hundred years in solitude, and from the time he was forty-three years old his food was brought to him by ravens.
January 15 - St. Maurus, Abbot - the first disciple of St. Benedict, was sent to introduce the Benedictine Order into France, where he built the great Abbey of Glanfeuil, now called St. Maur-sur-Loire, dying January 15, 584.
January 16 - St. Marcellus, Pope, Martyr - ruled the Church for less than two years, during the persecutions of Maxentius. He died January 16, 310, and is honored as a martyr.
(January 16) January 3 - Malachi the Prophet - Three Saints
January 17 (January 30) - St. Anthony, Abbot - the father and patriarch of monks, in all likelihood founded in Egypt the first monasteries authorized in the Church. He died in the year 356, at the age of a hundred and four years.
January 18 - St. Prisca, Virgin, Martyr - Eleven yeas after the ascension of our blessed Lord, St. Peter, transferred the seat of the Diocese from Antioch to Rome where he preached the Faith and established his episcopal chair, and there the Bishops of Rome have been ever since accounted his successors. This feast is celebrated as the foundation of the See of Rome.
January 18 (January 31) - St. Athanasius and St. Cyril of Alexandria (St. Cyril is also commemorated on June 9).
January 19 (February 1) - St. Macarius
January 19 - Sts. Marius and Companions, Martyrs - St. Canute, King, Martyr
January 20 (February 2) - St. Euthymius
January 20 - Sts. Fabian and Sebastian - Martyrs - Pope St. Fabian ruled the Roman Church from A.D. 236 to A.D. 250.He died a glorious martyr in the persecution under Decius in 250.
St. Sebastian was a high officer in the army of Emperor Diocletian. When it was learned that he was a Christian he was condemned to death. He was first shot with arrows, but as he survived this he was finally beaten to death, in 288, by order of the emperor.
January 21 (February 3) - St. Maximus the Confessor. (Also commemorated on August 12).
January 21 - St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr - a Roman maiden, in her thirteenth year was beheaded, in the year 304, for the sole reason that she was a Christian.
January 22 (February 4) - St. Timothy the Apostle.
January 22 - Sts. Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs - St. Vincent, as Spanish deacon, suffered death for the Faith under Diocletian, in the year 300.St. Anastasius, a native of Persia, was also put to death for being a Christian. The feasts of these two are both celebrated on the same day.
January 23 - St. Raymund of Pennafort, Confessor, St. Emerentiana, Virgin Martyr - St. Raymund was born in 1175 of a noble Spanish family. In middle life he entered the Order of St. Dominic. In 1250 he was called ot Rome by Pope Gregory IX, who made him his confessor and grand penitentiary. He refused the position of Archbishop and also that of general of his Order, and devoted himself to labors among infidels. He died in 1275.
St. Emerentiana is said to have been stoned by the pagans, when, while still a catechumen, she was discovered paying at the tomb of St. Agnes.
January 24 - St. Timothy, Bishop, Martyr - a convert of St. Paul who believed that he was intended for an evangelist. Timothy was ordained and at once became the beloved fellow-worker of St. Paul. Finally, he became the first bishop of Ephesus, and while there received the two Epistles which bear his name. In the year 97 he was beaten and stoned to death because of his opposition to some idolatrous ceremonies.
January 25 (February 7) - St. Gregory the Theologian.
January 25 - The Conversion of St. Paul - Since the eighth century the feast of the conversion of St. Paul has been set apart by the Church to return thanks to Almighty God for His act of grace in bringing the future apostle to the Faith. At one time the feast was even a Holy-Day of obligation.
January 26 - St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr - Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of St. John. In 167 a persecution broke out in Smyrna; and the aged bishop was burned to death by order of the proconsul.
January 27 (February 9) - St. John Chrysostom, Bishop Confessor - born at Antioch in 344.He was called Chrysostom, which means "golden mouth," on account of his eloquence. He was made bishop of Constantinople in 398 and died in 407 after suffering bitter persecution (He is also commemorated on November 13 and January 30)
January 28 (February 10) - St. Ephraem the Syrian.
January 28 - St. Agnes (secundo), Virgin Martyr -is commemorated for the second time on this day, a week after her feast.
January 30 (February 12) - The Three Hierarchs - Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. (St. Basil also commemorated on January 1, St. Gregory on January 25 and St. John Chrysostom on January 27 and November 13).
January 31 (February 13) - St. Cyrus the Unmercenary and St. John the Unmercenary.
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February 2 (February 15) - * Meeting of Jesus by St. Simeon
(Fortieth Day After the Birth of Christ Purification - Blessing of Candles).
February 5 (February 18) - St. Agatha the Martyr.
February 6 (February 19) - St. Julian, the Martyr of Homs.
February 10 (February 23) - St. Charalmpos.
February 12 (February 25) - St. Meletius of Antioch.
February 17 (March 2 - March 1st on Leap years) - St. Theodore of Tyre.
February 18 (Mach 3 - March 2nd on Leap Years) - St. Leo.
February 21 (March 6 - March 5th on Leap Years) - St. Eustathius of Antioch.
February 23 (March 8 - March 7 on Leap Years) - St. Polycarp of Smyrna.
February 26 (March 11 - March 10th on Leap Years) - St. Porphyrius of Gaza.
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March 1 (March 14) - St. Eudoxia.
March 4 (March 17) - St. Gerasimos
March 9 (March 22) - The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
March 11 (March 24) - St. Sophronius of Jerusalem
March 13 (March 26) - St. Nicephorus of Constantinople (Also commemorated on June 2).
March 14 (March 27) - St. Benedict
March 18 (Mach 31) - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
March 25 (April 7) - * Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (She is also commemorated on August 15, September 8, and November 21)
March 26 (April 8) - Archangel Gabriel (also commemorated on July 13th and November 8)
March 30 (April 12) - St. John Climacus - Author of "The Ladder" (Also commemorated on 4th Sunday of Lent).
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April 2 (April 15) - St. Titus
April 13 (April 26) - St. Martin
April 15 (April 28) - St. Crescens
April 23 (May 6) - St. Geroge, the Victorious Great Martyr
April 25 (May 8) - St. Mark the Evangelist
April 30 (May 13) - St. James the Apostle, Son of Zebedee
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May 2 (May 15) - St. Athanasius (Also commemorated on January 18)
May 5 (May 18) - St. Irene
May 8 (May 21) - St. John the Evangelist (Also commemorated on September 26)
May 9 (May 22) - St. Christopher - Isaac the Prophet
May 10 (May 23) - St. Simon the Zealot
May 12 (May 25) - St. Germanos of Constantinople
May 15 (May 28) - St. Pachomius
May 17 (May 30) - St. June
May 21 (June 3) - St. Constantine and St. Helena
May 29 (June11) - St. Theodosia
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June 2 (June 15) - St. Nicephorus of Constantinople (also commemorated on March 13)
June 5 (June 18) - St. Dorotheus
June 6 (June 19) - St. Marcia
June 9 (June 22) - St. Cyril of Alexandria (Also Commemorated on January 18)
June 11 (June 24) - The Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas
June 17 (June 30) - St. Manuel
June 18 (July 1) - St. Leontius
June 19 (July 2) - St. Jude (Thaddeus)... Apostle of Jesus Christ and helper of the hopeless and impossible of cases.
June 24 (July 7) - Nativity of St. John the Baptist (John the Forerunner is also commemoated on January 7, August 29, and September 23).
June 24 (July 7) - St. Elizabeth (Also commemorated on September 5).
June 24 (July 7) - St. Zacharias (Also Commemorated on September 5, and September 23).
June 29 (July 12) - The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
June 30 (July 13) - Feast of the Twelve Apostles.
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