Church Calendar
This Calendar Page covers July to December

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Dates shown first, denote Gregorian Calendar date.

Dates shown in parentheses, denote Julian calendar date.

This calendar is not all inclusive of many of the Saints, both East and West, but is a presentation of primary Holy Days and Feast Days.  If you find a particular Saint missing that is Orthodox-Catholic, please send us e-mail

* One of the Twelve Most Important Orthodox Feast Days.

** Greatest Festival of the Orthodox Church year.

Every Wednesday and Friday of the year - with specified exceptions - are fast days.

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Religious Dedication of the Days of the Week,

Daily Cycle of Services & The Hours

Days of the Week:

Monday is dedicated to the Angels.
Tuesday is dedicated to John the Baptist and the Prophets.
Wednesday is dedicated to the Betrayal of Jesus.
Thursday is dedicated to the Apostles and St. Nicholas.
Friday is dedicated to the Crucifixion and Burial of Christ.
Saturday is dedicated to the Martyrs and our departed ones.
Sunday is dedicated to the Resurrection.

Daily Cycle of Services:

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the day is reckoned from sunset to sunset, not from midnight to midnight, 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 certain matters, in the Church of the East, 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:

DAYTIME

Period
Time
Service
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

NIGHT

Period
Time
Service
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 HOURS

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

JULY (to August):
 July 1 (July 14) - St. Cosmas and St. Damian (They are also commemorated on November 1st).

July 3 (July 16) - St. Hyacinth

July 4 (July 17) - St. Andrew of Crete

July 5 (July 18)  - St. Agnes

July 11 (July 24) - St. Olga, Princess of Kieve

July 11 (July 24) - St. Euphemia (Also commemorated on September 16).

July 13-19 (July 26-August 1st) - The Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils (On the Sunday falling between the 13th and 19th of July).

July 17 (July 30) - St. Marina

July 19 (August 1) - St. Macrina

July 20 (August 2) -  St. Elias the Prophet

July 22 (August 4) - St. Mary Magdalene

July 24 (August 6)- St. Christina

July 25 (August 7) - St. Anne (Also commemorated on September 9 and December 9).

July 26 (August 8) - St. Paraskeve

July 27 (August 9) -  St. Panteleimon

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AUGUST (to September):
 August 6 (August 19) - * TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

August 8 (August 21) - St. Aemilian

August 9 ( August 22) - St. Matthias

August 10 ( August 23) - St. Lawrence

August 12 (August 25) - St. Maximus the Confessor (Also commemorated on January 21)

August 15 (August 28) - * Assumption of the Virgin Mary

August 18 (August 31) - St. Florus

August 20 (September 2) - Samuel the Prophet

August 21 (September 3) - St. Thaddeus, the Apostle known as St. Jude, different from Judas Iscariot the traitor of Jesus Christ.

August 26 (September 8) -  St. Natalie

August 29 (September 11) - DAY OF ST. JOHN'S MARTYRDOM (Also commemorated on January 7, June 24 and September 23).

August 30 (September 12) -  St. Alexander of Constantinople

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SEPTEMBER (to October):


 September 1 (September 14) - Byzantine Church Year which is followed by churches of the Eastern Orthodox faith begins.

September 1 (September 14) - St. Simeon Stylites of Antioch

September 4 (September 17) - Moses the Prophet

September 5 (September 18) - St. Elizabeth and St. Zacharias (also commemorated on June 24)

September 6 (September 19) -  St. Michael (Also commemorated on November 8)

September 8 (September 21) - Nativity of the Virgin Mary (She is commemorated on March 25, August 15, and November 21)

September 8 (September 21) - * NATIVITY OF THE VIRGIN MARY

September 9 (September 22) - St. Anna and St. Joachim (Anna is also commemorated on July 25 and December 9)

September 11 (September 24) - St. Theodora of Alexandria

September 14 (September 27) - * ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

September 16 (September 29) - St. Euphemia (Also commemorated on July 11)

September 17 (September 30) - Faith, Hope and Charity, St. Sophia

September 18 (October 1) - St. Ariadne

September 23 (October 6) - St. John the Baptist (He is also commemorated on January 7, June 24 and August 29)

September 23 (October 6) - St. Zacharias (Also commemorated on September 5th and June 24)

September 24 (October 7) - St. Thecla

September 25 (October 8) - St. Euphrosyne

September 26 (October 9) - St. John the Evangelist (Also commemorated on May 8)

September 30 (October 13) - St. Gregory the Illuminator

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OCTOBER (to November):

 October 1 (October 14) - Protection of the Virgin Mary

October 1 (October 14) - St. Romanus Melodo, St. Ananias

October 2 (October 16) - St. Cyprian

October 3 (October 16) -  St. Dionysius and St. Thomas

October 6 (October 19) - St. Thomas the Apostle

October 7 (October 20) - St. Bacchus and St. Sergius

October 8 (October 21) - St. Pelagia

October 9 (October 22) - St. James, Son of Alpheus

October 11-17 (October 24-30) - The Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (Observed the Sunday falling between the 11th and 17th of October)

October 18 (October 31) - St. Luke the Evangelist, an Apostle of Jesus Christ's

October 23 (November 5) - St. James the Apostle of Jesus Christ.

October 24 (November 6) - St. Arethas

October 26 (November 8) - St. Demetrius

October 27 (November 9) -  St. Nestor

October 28 (November 10) - St. Terence

October 31 (November 13) - St. Narcissus

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NOVEMBER (to December):

November 1 (November 14) - St. Cosmas and St. Damian

November 8 (November 21) - The Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and all the bodiless Powers (Gabriel is also commemorated on March 26 and July 13; Michael is also commemorated on September 6)

November 11 (November 24) - St. Victor and St. Theodore Studites

November 13 (November 26) -  St. John Chrysostom (He is also commemorated on January 27 and January 30)

November 14 (November 27) - St. Philip the Apostle of Jesus Christ.

November 15-December 25 (November 28-January 7) - Christmas Lent - A forty-day Lenten period preceding Christmas

November 16 (November 29) - St. Matthew the Apostle of Jesus Christ

November 17 (November 30) -  St. Gregory the Wonderworker

November 21 (December 4) - * PRESENTATION TO THE TEMPLE OF THE VIRGIN MARY (She is also commemorated on March 25, August 15, and September 8)

November 25 (December 8) - St. Catherine of Sinai

November 29 (December 12) - St. Philomena

November 29 (December 12) - Vigil of St. Andrew, Apostle, St. Saturnninus, Martyr

The day preceding a festival is style a vigil (from the Latin word signifying a night-watch,) because in primitive ages the faithful passed in prayer in the church the greater part of the evening and night preceding a festival.  Nor did they break their fast until after the Divine Liturgy had been offered, and communion given in the course of the vigil.  Hence the greater vigils are still observed as fast-days; and the Liturgy of a vigil has a specially penitential character.  Purple vestments are worn by the priest; the Gloria in excelsis is not said.

November 29 (December 12) St. Saturninus, Martyr, suffered at Rome in the last great persecution under Emperor Diocletian, A.D. 304.

November 30 (December 13) - St. Andrew, Apostle - St. Andrew, the elder brother of St. Peter, and, like him, a fisherman of the lake of Galilee, on hearing St. John the Baptist proclaim that Jesus was the Lamb of God, was moved to follow Our Lord, Who chose him to be one of the twelve apostles.  It is believed that after the Resurrection St. Andrew labored in spreading the Gospel in Eastern Europe, and made many converts.  At the last he was crucified in Greece.  His head is venerated at St. Peter’s in Rome.

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DECEMBER (to January):

December 1 (December 14) - St. Nahum the Prophet

December 2 (December 16)- St. Bibiana, a Roman virgin was scourged to death (A.D. 363) in the persecution of Julian the Apostate.  Before her death her father, mother, and only sister, had given their lives for Christ.

December 3 (December17) - St. Francis Xavier, Confessor - This great Jesuit missionary was the apostle of the East Indies, and the first to preach the faith of Christ in Japan.  His zeal for the salvation of souls, and the grace of miracle-working with which almighty God favored him, led to the conversion of hundreds of thousands of pagans.  St. Francis died December 2, 1552.

December 4 (December 17) - St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church - St. Barbara, Virgin, Martyr

    St. Peter, Archbishop of Ravenna in Italy, who died about the year 450, won the title of Chrysologus, "golden worded," not only for his eloquence, but because his words were good, true, and of priceless worth.  God's choice of St. Peter as a bishop, which was made known in a vision to Pope Sixtus II, is alluded to in the prayer of the Roman Catholic Mass.

    St. Barbara, also commemorated to-day, was a virgin martyr, who suffered for Christ probably in Egypt, during the reign of Galerius, about the year 306.The details of her holy life are unknown; but she has been held in veneration throughout the Church from the date of her martyrdom.

December 5 (December 18)- St. Sabbas, Abbot - (A.D. 532), was a monk in Palestine, was famous for his charity to those in need for his true Catholic zeal, and for his austere life.

December 6 (December 19) - St. Nicholas, Bishop, Confessor - Archbishop of Myra in Asia Minor, from the childlike innocence of his own life and his devout care for the young, is looked upon as the patron of children.  He died in the middle of the fourth century, and seven hundred years later his holy relics were translated to Bari in Italy.

December 8 (December 21) - Vigil of the Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos, Mary - For the sake of Him whose mother she was to be, grace was poured into Mary's soul at the first moment of her conception.Mary was sinless by the grace of God.From the earliest times and in every part of the Church this has been the belief.

December 9 (December 22) - St. Anna (She is also commemorated on July 25 and September 9)

December 10 (December 23) - St. Melchiades, Pope, Martyr - ruled the Roman Catholic Church of the West at the close of the era of persecution.  St. Augustine styles him "a true son of peace and a true father of Christians.  "He died January 10, 314, having sat as Pope two years, six months, and eight days.  In some calendars he is called a martyr, doubtless on account of his suffering in times of persecution."

December 11 (December 24) - St. Damasus, Pope, Confessor - by birth a Spaniard, governed the Roman Church from A.D. 3066 to A.D. 384."The ancients," according to Alban Butler, "particularly commend his constancy in maintaining the purity of our holy faith, the innocence of his manners, his Christian humility, his compassion for the poor, his piety in adorning holy places, especially the tombs of the martyrs, and his singular learning."

December 11-17 (December 24-30) - The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers (Observed on the Sunday falling between December 11 and December 17)

December 12 (December 26) - St. Spiridon

December 13 (December 26) - St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr - a native of Syracusa, Sicily, consecrated herself to God from her childhood.  She died about 304 in prison, of wounds she had received for her adherence to the Faith.

December 16 (December 29) - St. Eusebius, Bishop, Martyr - Bishop of Vercelli, in northern Italy battled for the Church in the evil days of the Arian heresy.  Having for six years and more endured imprisonment and exile, on his death in A.D. 371, he was honored as a saint and a martyr.

December 17 (December 30) - St. Daniel the Prophet

December 18-24 (December 31-January 6) -  The Sunday of the Genealogy (Observed on the Sunday falling between December 18 and December 24).

December 20 (January 2) - St. Ignatius of Antioch

December 21 (January 3) - St. Juliana

December 21 (January 3) - St. Thomas, Apostle - preached the Gospel in the more distant parts of Asia, particularly in India.  After years of arduous labor in the service of God, he received the crown of martyrdom.

December 22 (January 4) - St. Anastasia

December 24 (January 6) - St. Eugenia

December 25 (January 7) - Christmas * - Nativity of the Savior.

December 26 (January 8) - Memorial of the Virgin Mary

December 26-January 1 (January 8-14) - David the Prophet and St. James.  Observed the Sunday falling between December 27 and January 1)

December 27 (January 9) - St. Stephen - the First Martyr

December 30 (January 12) -  St. Anysia

December 31 (January 13) - St. Melania

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