The Celtic Lectionary


 Everything in this Church calendar, Major Holydays which one observes by attendance at the Holy Mass (also called "Great Feasts"), and guidelines for fasting, must be understood in the proper and scriptural Christian context. Read Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans, Chapter 14 (especially verses 5 & 6), very carefully. The Apostle counsels against making the observance of these things an occasion for sin, or a cause for condemnation of those who do not do exactly as we believe that they ought to do. Jesus preached freedom, not bondage; the Christian who feels bound and oppressed by the rules of fasting and of religious observances is straying from the true path of Christianity. One who condemns anyone else for his or her perceived failures in this respect has gone very far off the path indeed. All must be done "to the Lord," in loving service to God, as Saint Paul teaches. One's own conscience is the final arbiter in these matters of personal piety. Please keep this in mind as you read the guidance in this calendar.


The Obligatory Fast Days

ASH WEDNESDAY - moveable - the 40th "weekday" before Easter.

GOOD FRIDAY - moveable - the Friday before Easter.

HOLY SATURDAY (until noon) - moveable - the day before Easter.



Fasting (meaning, at the minimum, eat only one full meal daily and abstain from red meat) is strictly required on Ash Wednesday (the first Wednesday in Lent*), Good Friday, and before noon on Holy Saturday, the three strictest fast days of the year. To willfully disregard these three strict fast days is seriously sinful; to willfully fail to observe all other fasts is a lesser abuse. The other fasts vary in the degree to which they are recommended or permitted to the faithful.

* Ash Wednesday, as the beginning of Lent, is a medieval institution. It is the fortieth weekday before Easter (Sundays only being excluded); thus 6 weeks of 6 days (36) plus Wednesday - Saturday (4) equals 40 days of fasting. According to Saint Gregory the Great, Lent begins on the First Sunday in Lent. He held that the 36 fast days of the 6 weeks of Lent are "a tithe of the year," that is, of 365 days. In the ancient Church, there was no set period of Lent; it ranged from Good Friday and part of Holy Saturday to 40 consecutive hours of fasting, to all of Holy Week. In the Old Roman Church of God, we count Lent according to the maximum rule, as beginning on Ash Wednesday, and hold that first day to be a strict fast day. On the other hand, fasting is highly recommended on the other Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent, but is not imposed under pain of sin except on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Fasting is highly recommended on the Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent; and is recommended as a salutary practice on the Wednesdays and Fridays during Advent. Fasting is permitted on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the year, as counseled in The Didache (except during the "Twelve Days of Christmas" and during Eastertide). We may choose to fast on Wednesdays in memory of the betrayal of our Lord Jesus Christ and/or on Fridays in memory of His suffering and death. Observation of various special fast days throughout the year is permitted. Never fast nor abstain on any Sunday, nor on any Saturday (except the four Ember Saturdays and on Holy Saturday), nor during the "Twelve Days of Christmas," nor during Eastertide, nor on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday of Whitsuntide. Fasting may be observed (but is not obligatory) on the three Ember Days during four Ember seasons of the year; that is, on the Ember Wednesday, Ember Friday, and Ember Saturday of these four weeks: Week following Ash Wednesday and the 1st Sunday in Lent - Ember Days of Spring.

2. Week following Pentecost Sunday - Ember Days of Summer.

3. Week following Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14th) - Ember Days of Autumn.

4. Week following the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) - Ember Days of Winter.

Regarding the Communion fast, one may as a matter of personal piety, before receiving Holy Communion, fast from the midnight before receiving, or even longer. However, anciently, the Eucharist followed immediately upon the Agape meal. Therefore, fasting before Communion, while a salutary practice and while very widely considered as necessary in this age, actually is not an apostolic practice. Thus, the observance of a Communion fast, while it is a highly commendable pious practice, is not actually binding on the faithful. If keeping a Communion fast would result in weakness, faintness, or otherwise cause the clergy to poorly perform sacred rites, they would be ill-advised to keep such a fast. Do not let a good thing become an offense out of an exaggerated piety.

Medicines and water never break a fast; they are always allowed. The aged, infirm, children, nursing mothers, and anyone whose health could be endangered, are excused from food and drink fasting rules. Those who are excused should all the more observe the spiritual fast from iniquities, giving themselves to prayer and meditation. Remember, fasting is not only abstaining from food, but even more importantly, it is also abstaining from iniquities - staying as holy and pure as possible, turning one's mind and soul continuously toward our merciful God, in prayer and in meditation. No one should ever dismiss fasting as an out-dated or needless discipline. Again and again, the Fathers of the Church exhort us to prayer and fasting in order to approach ever closer to God.

Easter Sunday / Holy Pascha dates [Month/Day/Year] Gregorian calendar

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The Major Holydays ("Great Feasts") Celebrated in the Old Roman and Galician Rite

December 25 - Christmas/Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

January 6 - Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Moveable- Enthronement of Saint Peter

February 2 - Candlemas/Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

March 25 - Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ / Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Moveable - Palm Sunday - The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem.

Moveable - Easter Sunday / Holy Pascha - The Feast of the Bright and Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Moveable - Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Thursday).

Moveable - Whitsunday / Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples.

August 6 - Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

September 8 - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

September 14 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

November 1 - All Saints / All Hallows.

November 21 - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Calendar & Lectionary List

Proper of the Time & Major Holydays

First Sunday of Advent {Violet} a violet candle may be lit. November 14- November 19 Readings: Old Testament: Malachi 3:1-6 Epistle: James 5:7-12, 19-20 Gospel:  John 1:35-51

Saint Hilda of Whitby {White} November 18 Readings: Epistle: Ephesians 4: 1-6, Gospel: Matthew 19: 27-29

Second Sunday of Advent {Violet} a violet candle may be lit. November 20- November 26 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 35:1-10 Epistle: Romans 8:3-6 Gospel: Matthew 24:15-44

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. {Blue} November 21 Readings: Epistle: Ecclesiastics 24:14-16. Gospel: Luke 11:27-28.

Saint Clement of Rome {White} November 23 Readings: Epistle: 2 Timothy 2: 1-7 Gospel: St. Luke 6: 37-45

Feast of All North American Saints {White} Transfer to 25th if 26th falls on American Thanksgiving Day. November 26 Readings: Epistle: Apocalypse (Revelation) 7:2-12. Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12.

Third Sunday of Advent {Violet} A violet candle may be lit.  November 27 - December 3 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 62:10-12;45:8 Epistle: Romans 11:30-36 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-5 

St. Andrew the Apostle and Patron of Scotland {Red} Readings: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 30: 11-14 Epistle: Romans 10: 8-18. Gospel: Matthew 4: 18-22

Fourth Sunday of Advent{Violet} A violet candle may be lit. December 4-10 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 54:1-5 Epistle: I Thessalonians 2:19-3:8 Gospel: Luke 3:1-18

Saint Nicholas of Myra, Wonder-Worker, Bishop and Confessor. {White} December 6 Readings: Epistle: Hebrews 13:17-21. Gospel: Matthew 25:14-23.

Saint Ambrose of Milan, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor and St. Columcille (Columba) {White} December 7 Readings: Epistle: 2 Timothy 4:1-8. Gospel: Matthew 5:13-19.


The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. {White/Blue} December 8 Readings: Old Testament: Proverbs (Wisdom) 8:22-35. Gospel: Luke 1:26-28.


Fifth Sunday of Advent ( Rose or Violet}. Gaudete Sunday, a rose candle may be lit.

December 11-17 Readings: Old Testament:  Isaiah 40:1-10 Epistles: I Thessalonians 3:9-13  Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

Ember Days of Winter, fasting period {Violet}. Saturday - Ordinations.

Ember Wednesday.  Readings: Epistle: Isaiah 7:10-15. Gospel: Luke 1:26-38.

Ember Friday. Readings:  Epistle: Isaiah 11:1-5. Gospel: Luke 1:39-47.

Ember Saturday.  Readings: Epistle: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8. Gospel: Luke 3:1-6.

Feast of All North American Martyrs. {Red} December 12  Readings: Epistle: Proverbs (Wisdom) 3:1-8. Gospel: Luke 21:9-19.

Six Sunday in Advent {Violet} A violet candle may be lit. December 18-24 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 11:1-10 Epistle: Colossians 1:23-29, Gospel: Matthew 21:1-9

Saint Thomas, the Apostle and Evangelist {Red} December 21 Readings: Epistle: Ephesians 2:19-22. Gospel: John 20:24-29.

Christmas Eve {Violet}.  December 24 Readings: Epistle: Philippians 4:4-7 Gospel:
Luke 12:35-37

Christmas Eve (Vigil) {Violet}.  December 24  Readings: A. Isaiah 62:10-63
B. Isaiah 6:1-13, C. Isaiah 7:1-8:22, D. Isaiah 11:1-12:6, E. Isaiah 25:1-26:21
F. Isaiah 35:1-10, G. Isaiah 40:1-42:12, H. Isaiah 44:23-46:13, I. "Augustine's" Sermon
J. Isaiah 54:1-56:7, K. Malachi 3:1-4:6, L. John I:1-15

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Christmas Day {White} - Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no fasting allowed on Christmas and the following "Twelve Days".-December 25

Readings: Isaiah 9:1-7, Praises from Daniel, Hebrews 1:1-12, Luke 2:1-20, Final Gospel: Mt.


Saint Stephen, the First Martyr. {Red} December 26 Readings: Old Testament Jer. 17:7-18, Epistle: Acts 6:1-8, 7:54-59 Gospel: Matthew 17:23-18:11


Saint John and James the Apostles and Evangelists {White} December 27

Readings: Old Testament: Ecclesiastics 15:1-6 Epistle: Acts 12:1-3 Gospel: Matthew 20:20-23


The Holy Innocents of Bethlehem {Red} December 28 Readings: Old Testament: Jeremiah 31: 15-17 Epistle: Revelation 21: 1-7 Gospel: Matthew 2: 13-18


Childermas - Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. {Violet, but Red on Sunday}

December 28- Readings: Old Testament Jer 31:15-20, Epistle: Apocalypse (Revelation) 6:9-1, Gospel: Matthew 2: 11-23

Fifth Day after Christmas. {White} December 30 ReadingsEpistle: Titus 3:4-7. Gospel: Luke 2:15-20.

Saint Sylvester I, Pope & Confessor. {White} December 31 Readings: Epistle: 1 Peter 5:1-4,10-11. Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19.

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Octave Day of Christmas. {White} January 1 Readings: Old Testament: 1saiah 44:24- 45:7  B. Isaiah 1:10-18 Epistle: I Corinthians 10:14-31 Gospel: Luke 2:21-40

Sunday after Circumcision-Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus {White}, celebrated on January 2 or on the Sunday between Circumcision and Epiphany (1/2-1/5).  January 2 Readings: Old Testament: Ezechial 43:18-44:4, Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14 Gospel: Matthew 9:32-35

Octave Day of Saint Stephen, the First Martyr. {Red} January 2 Readings: Epistle: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59. Gospel: Matthew 23:34-39.

Octave Day of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist. {White} January 3 Readings:  Epistle: Ecclesiastics 15:1-6. Gospel: John 21:19-24.

Octave Day of Childermas - Holy Innocents, Martyrs. {Red} January 4 Readings: Epistle: Apocalypse (Revelation) 14:1-5. Gospel: Matthew 2:13-18.

Vigil (Eve) of Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. {White} January 5 Readings: Epistle: Galatians 4:1-7. Gospel: Matthew 2:19-23.

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ {White} "Twelfth Day" - last fast-free day of Christmastide. January 6 Readings: Old Testament Isaiah 60:1-16
Epistles: Titus 2:11-13 Gospel: A. Matthew 2:1-12, 3:13-17 B. Luke 3:23 C. John 2:1-11

Days within the Octave of Epiphany (except on a Sunday or Feast). {White} January 7-12 Reading: Epistle: Isaiah 60:1-6. Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12.

First Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany - celebrate this Mass on the first free day between the Feast of the Holy Family and the Second Sunday after Epiphany. {White} January 7-13 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 6:1-10
Epistle: I Corinthians 10:26-31. Gospel: Luke 4:16-31

The Feast of the Holy Family {White} supersedes the First Sunday after Epiphany, except that, if Epiphany falls on a Sunday, celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on the following Saturday. January 7-13 Readings: Epistle: Colossians 3:12-17. Gospel: Luke 2:42-52.

Octave Day of Epiphany. Last day of Christmastide {White} January 13 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 60:1-6. Gospel: John 1:29-34.

Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poiters{White} January 13  Readings: Epistle: I John 2: 18-25 Gospel: Luke 12: 8-12

TIME AFTER EPIPHANY [0 - 2 SUNDAYS] Color of the Season Green

Second Sunday after Epiphany {Green} January 14-20 Readings: Old Testament Jer 16:9-15 Epistle: I Corinthians 10:1-13 Gospel: Matthew 22:35-23:12

Saint Anthony of the Desert {White} January 17 Readings: Epistle: I Peter 5: 6-10 Gospel: Mark 10: 17-21

Enthronement of St. Peter {Violet} January 15-21 Readings: Old Testament: Hosea 4:1-19 Epistle: Galatians 5:13-6:2. Gospel: A. Matthew 16:13-19, B. John 21:15-19

First Sunday after the Throne of St. Peter {Violet} January 21-January 27 Readings: Old Testament: Hosea 4:1-19 Epistle: Galatians 5:13-6:2. Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle {White} January 25 Readings: Epistle: A. Acts 26: 9-21 B. Galatians 1: 11-24 Gospel: Matthew 10: 16-22

Saint Timothy and Titus {Red} January 26 Readings: Epistle: A. Titus 1: 1-5 B. Timothy 1: 1-8 Gospel: John 10: 1-10

Saint John Chrysostom {White} January 27 Readings: Old Testament: Jeremiah 1: 4-10 Gospel: Luke 21: 12-15

Saint Thomas Aquinas {White} January 28 Readings: Old Testament: Wisdom 7: 7-14 Gospel: Matthew 13: 47-52

Second Sunday after the Throne of St. Peter {Violet} January 28-February 3 Readings: Old Testament: Jer. 35:12-36:3, Epistle: Eph. 5:3-21 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

Eve of the Feast of St. Brigit {White} January 31 Readings: Old Testament: Ruth 1: 6-18 Epistle: II Timothy 1: 1-7 Gospel: Matthew 25: 31-46

Saint Brigit {White} Also, Candlemas Eve February 1 Readings Old Testament: Hosea 6: 1-4 Epistle: I John 1: 1-4 Gospel: John 10: 7-16

Saint Ignatius of Antioch {Red} Also, Candlemas Eve February 1 Readings: Epistle: Romans 8:35-39. Gospel: John 12:24-26.

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Candlemas - Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. {White/Blue} February 2 Readings: Old Testament: Exodus 19:7-12  Epistle: Ephesians 6:1-9. Gospel: Luke 2:41-49.

Third Sunday after the Throne of Peter- {Violet} February 4-10 Readings:  Old Testament: Isaiah 49:8-26, Epistle: Colossians 3:12-17, Gospel: Luke 14:1-15

If there is no, 4th Sundays after Enthronement of Saint Peter in a year, the unused Sundays after Enthronement of  Saint Peter may be transferred to after the 23rd Sunday and before the Last (24th) Sunday after Pentecost.

Fourth Sunday after the Throne of Peter- {Violet} February 11-17 Readings: Epistle: Romans 12:16-21, Gospel: Matthew 8:1-13

Saint Matthias the Apostle {White} February 24 Readings: Epistle: A. Acts 1: 15-26 B. Philippians 3: 13-21 Gospel: John 15: 1, 6-16

Saint David of Wales {White} March 1 Readings: Old Testament Sirach 15: 1-6 Epistle: I Thessalonians 2: 2b-12 Gospel: John 15: 1, 6-16

Saint Chad {White} March 1 Readings: Epistle: Philippians 4: 10-13 Gospel: Luke 14: 1, 7-14

Saint Gregory of Nyssa {White} March 9 Readings: Epistle: Wisdom 7: 24-28
Gospel: John 5: 19-24 or 14: 23-26

Saint Patrick of Ireland. {White} March 17 Readings: Epistle: Ecclesiastics 44:16-27; 45:3-20. Gospel: Matthew 25:14-23.

Saint Joseph, Confessor, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. {White} March 19 Readings: Epistle: Ecclesiastics 45:1-6. Gospel: Matthew 1:18-21.

Saint Cuthbert {White} March 20 Readings: Epistle: II Corinthians 6: 1-10 Gospel: Matthew 6: 24-33

Saint Gabriel the Archangel {White} March 24 Readings: Epistle: Daniel 9: 21-27 Gospel: Luke 1: 26-33

Saint Theophan (Metropolitan Fan Stylian Noli) of America, Bishop and Confessor. {White} March 26 Readings: Epistle: Ecclesiastics 44:16-27; 45:3-20. Gospel: Matthew 25:14-23.

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Lady Day - Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. {White/Blue} May be transferred to a Monday if it falls on a Sunday. If it falls in Holy Week or Easter Week, it may be transferred to the Monday of that week. March 25 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-15 Epistle: Eph 6:1-9 Gospel: Luke 2:41-49

Assumption of Mary {White/Blue} March 26 Readings: Epistle: I Corinthians 7:25-40
Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

The Proper of the Time - The Paschal Cycle - The Redemption

SEPTUAGESIMA [3 SUNDAYS] Color of the Season - Violet

Septuagesima Sunday {Violet} 9th Sunday before Easter; superseded by Candlemas - Feast of the Purification. Readings: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:5. Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16.

Sexagesima Sunday {Violet} 8th Sunday before Easter; superseded by Candlemas - Feast of the Purification. Readings: Epistle: II Corinthians 10:7-18. Gospel: Luke 8:4-15

Quinquagesima (Shrove) Sunday. {Violet} 7th Sunday before Easter. Shrovetide penitential period begins.: Examination of conscience. Readings:  Old Testament: Isaiah 55:6-12 Epistle: Romans 12:1-16 Gospel: Luke 18:1-14


LENT (QUADRAGESIMA) [6 SUNDAYS] Color of the Season - Violet

Ash Wednesday - Strict Fast. {Violet} Readings:   Epistle: Joel 2:12-19. Gospel: Matthew 6:16-21.

First Sunday in Lent. {Violet} Readings:  Matins Genesis 1-2-3, Liturgy: Old Testament: Joel 2:12-14 , Matthew. 6:1-8 Epistle: IICor 6:2-10. Gospel: Matthew. 6:1-8.

Ember Days of Spring - fasting period. {Violet} Saturday - Ordinations.

Ember Wednesday. Readings:  Epistle: 3 Kings 19:3-8. Gospel: Matthew 12:38-50.

Ember Friday. Readings:  Epistle: Ezekiel 18:20-28. Gospel: John 5:1-15.

Ember Saturday. Readings:  Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23. Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9.

Second  Sunday in Lent. {Violet} Readings:  Old Testament:  Proverbs 3:19-34 Epistle: Ephesians 4:23-32 Gospel: Luke 15:11-24

Third Sunday in Lent. {Violet} Readings:  Old Testament:  Isaiah 58:1-8 Epistle: Colossians 2:4-17. Gospel: John 6:28-54

Fourth Sunday in Lent. {Rose or Violet} - Laetare (Mid-Lent) Sunday. Readings:  Old Testament: Zach. 8:19-23  Epistle: Galatians 1:3-9 Gospel: John 6:71-7:30


Passion Sunday - 5th Sunday in Lent - 1st Sunday in Passiontide. {Violet} Readings:  Old Testament:  Jer 18:13-23 Epistle: Romans 6:17-23 Gospel: John 11:47-56

Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Friday after Passion Sunday. {White/Blue} Epistle: Judith 13:22-25. Gospel: John 19:25-27.

Saturday after Passion Sunday. {Violet} Readings: Epistle: Jeremiah 18:18-23. Gospel: John 12:10-36.

Holy Week

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Palm Sunday - Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem; the 6th Sunday in Lent; 2nd Sunday in Passiontide. {Violet} Blessing of palms. Readings:  Old Testament: Jer.31:31-34, Epistle: Hebrews 11:3-34. Gospel: John 12:1-26

Holy Monday, fast day. {Violet} Readings: Epistle: Isaiah 50:5-10. Gospel: John 12:1-9.

Holy Tuesday, fast day. {Violet} Readings:  Epistle: Jeremiah 11:18-20. Gospel: Mark 14 & 15:1-46.

Holy Wednesday - fast day. {Violet} Readings:  Epistle: First - Isaiah 62:11; 63:1-7. Second - Isaiah 53:1-12. Gospel: Luke 22 & 23:1-53.

Maundy (Holy) Thursday- Institution of the Eucharist {White} - Chrism Mass concelebrated with Bishop by all Priests. This is a lesser fast day; a meal before the Liturgy is permissible. Readings: Old Testament: Exodus 12,1-24  Epistle:  I Corinthians 11:20-26. Gospel: Matthew 26:17-35

Good Friday {Black/Violet} Strictest Fast Day of the year. Adoration of the Holy Cross. Celebrate the Pro-Liturgy - the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts - Missa Sicca. Readings: Epistle: Exodus 12:1-11. Gospel: John 18 & 19.

Holy Saturday begins as strict fasting day; the Eastertide festal period begins after noon. Holy Saturday - Easter Eve (Vigil). {Violet, for Blessing of the New Fire, Prophecies & Prayers, Blessing of the Font} {White, for Blessing of the Paschal Candle, Litany, Mass} Readings: Old Testament A. Genesis 1:1-1:31,2:1-3 B. Genesis 2:4-2:25,3:1- 24 C. Genesis 6:5-6:22,7:1- 24,8:1-8:21 D. Genesis 22:1-19 E. Genesis 27:1-40 E. Exodus 12:1-50 F. Exodus 13:18- 13:22,14:1-14:31,15:1- 15:21 G . Ezekiel 37:1-11 H. Isaiah 1:1-5:24 I. Joshua 3:1-3:17, 4:1- 4:25 J. Jonah 1:1-3:10 K. Daniel 3:1-100 Epistle: I Corinthians 5:6-8 Gospel: Matthew 28:1-20

PASCHALTIDE [8 SUNDAYS] Color of the Season - White

MAJOR HOLYDAY - EASTER SUNDAY - Holy Pascha - The Feast of the Bright and Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. {White/Gold/Silver} The 50 days from Easter until Pentecost Sunday are called Eastertide or Paschaltide. Paschaltide is a fast-free period. Readings: Rev 1:1-18 Epistle: Acts 1:1-8 Gospel: Luke 24:1-12

Low Sunday {White} - 1st Sunday after Easter, Quasimodo Sunday; Dominica in albis; Octave of Easter. Readings: Epistle: Acts 3:1-13 Epistle: John 3:16-24

2nd Sunday after Easter. {White} Readings: Epistle: Acts 3:1-13 Gospel: John 3:16-24

3rd Sunday after Easter. {White} Readings:  Epistle: Acts 2:22-28 Gospel: John 4:5-42

Mid Eastertide- {White} Readings:  Epistle: Acts 4:31-35 Gospel: Luke 24:36-43

4th Sunday after Easter. {White} Readings: Epistle: Acts 4:36-5:11 Gospel: John 9:1-38

5th Sunday after Easter. {White} Readings:  Epistle: Acts 16:19-36 Gospel: John 16:23-30.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - The Rogation Days - The Lesser Litanies. {Violet} Readings:  Epistle: James 5:16-20. Gospel: Luke 11:5-13.


MAJOR HOLYDAY - Ascension Day. {White} The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord is the 40th day of Easter (a Thursday). Eastertide from Ascension Day until Pentecost is also called Ascensiontide. Readings: Epistle: A. Acts 1:1-11B. Ephesians 4:1-13 Gospel: A. John 13:33-35; 14:1-14 B. Luke 24:49-53.

Sunday after Ascension - 6th Sunday after Easter. {White} Readings: Epistle: 1 Acts 18:22 - 19:12 Gospel: John 17:1-26.

Thursday - Octave of the Ascension. {White} Readings: Epistle: 1 Peter 4:7-11. Gospel: John 15:26-16:4.

Saturday - Whitsunday Eve; Vigil of Pentecost. {Violet for the Prophecies; Red for the Litanies and Mass} Readings:  Epistle: Acts 19:1-8. Gospel: John 14:15-21.

MAJOR HOLYDAY - WHITSUNDAY - PENTECOST - 7th Sunday after Easter. {Red} Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples - 50th day of Easter. The week of Whitsuntide begins. Whitsuntide ends on Ember Saturday. Readings:  Old Testament: Joel: 2:21-32 Epistle: A. Acts 2:1-21 B. Song of the Three Youths, Gospel: John 14:15-29

Monday in Whitsun Week. {Red} Readings: Epistle: Acts 10:42-48. Gospel: John 3:16-21.

Tuesday in Whitsun Week. {Red} Readings: Epistle: Acts 8:14-17. Gospel: John 10:1-10.


Ember Days of Summer {Red} - fasting period. Saturday - Ordinations


Ember Wednesday. Readings: Epistle: Acts 5:12-16. Gospel: John 6:44-52.

Ember Friday. Readings: Epistle: Joel 2:23-27. Gospel: Luke 5:17-26.

Ember Saturday. Readings: Epistle: Romans 5:1-5. Gospel: Luke 4:38-44.


The end of Paschaltide.


TIME AFTER PENTECOST [23 - 28 SUNDAYS] Color of the Season - Green

1st Sunday after Pentecost {Green} The 1st Sunday after Pentecost is celebrated on free weekdays of the following week. Readings:  Epistle: II Corinthians 12:20-13:2 Gospel: Mark 4:24-34

Trinity Sunday {White} Trinity Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Trinity, always supersedes the 1st Sunday after Pentecost. Readings:  Epistle: Romans 11:33-36. Gospel: Matthew 28:18-20.

Feast of Corpus Christi (a Thursday) {White} Use the Readings for this Mass for all Masses of the Blessed Sacrament. Readings:  Epistle II Corinthians 13:3-13 Gospel: Mark 4:36-41

2nd Sunday after Pentecost {White} Sunday within the Octave of Corpus Christi. Readings:  Epistle: Galatians 1:1-10, 1:20-2:5 Gospel: Mark 5:1-17

3rd Sunday after Pentecost {White} Readings: Epistle: Galatians 3:8-14 Gospel: Mark 8:1-13

4th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: Galatians 3:23-45. Gospel: Mark 9:13-29

5th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:   Epistle: Galatians 5 Gospel: Mark 10:17-31

6th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:   Epistle: Ephesians 1:22-2:3. Gospel: Mark 10:46-end

7th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: Ephesians 4:14-19 Gospel: Mark 11:27-33.

8th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:   Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-24 Gospel: Mark 13:14-37

9th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: Philippians 1:12-20 Gospel: Luke 5:27-32

10th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: Colosians 4:2-18 Gospel: Luke 9:57-62

11th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: I Thess 2:9-19 Gospel: Luke 11:14-26

12th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: I Thess 5:9-13,24-28 Gospel: Luke 12:2-12

13th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: II Thess 2:13-3:5. Gospel: Luke 13:18-30

14th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: I Timothy 3:1-13 Gospel: Luke 16:1-13

15th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: I Timothy 4:4-10 Gospel: Luke 17:12-19

16th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: I Timothy 5:22-6:11. Gospel: Luke 18:15-30

17th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: Titus 1:5-2:1 Gospel: Luke 20:9-19


Ember Days of Autumn {Violet} - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday after September 14th - fasting period. Saturday - Ordinations.


Ember Wednesday Readings: Readings: Epistle: 2 Esdras 8:1-10 Gospel: Mark 9:16-28.

Ember Friday Readings: Readings:  Epistle: Hosea 14:2-10 Gospel: Luke 7:36-50.

Ember Saturday Readings: Readings: Epistle: Hebrews 9:2-12 Gospel: Luke 13:6-17.

18th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: Hebrews 4:1-13 Gospel: Luke 20:41-end

19th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings:  Epistle: Ephesians 4:23-28. Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14.

20th Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: Ephesians 5:15-21. Gospel: John 4:46-53.

Feast of Christ the King {White} - the last Sunday in October (OS). October 25-31 Readings: Epistle: Colossians 1:12-20. Gospel: John 18:33-37.

21st Sunday after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: Ephesians 6:10-17. Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35.

Other Sundays after Pentecost may be transferred here from after Enthronement of St. Peter.

1. Extra Mass One after Pentecost. {Green} Readings:  Epistle: Romans 12:16-21. Gospel: Matthew 8:1-13.

2. Extra Mass Two after Pentecost. {Green} Readings:  Epistle: Romans 13:8-10. Gospel: Matthew 8:23-27.

3. Extra Mass Three after Pentecost {Green} Readings: Epistle: Colossians 3:12-17. Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30.

4. Extra Mass Four after Pentecost. {Green} Readings: Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10. Gospel: Matthew 13:31-35.

Last (22nd) Sunday after Pentecost. {Green} Readings: Epistle: Heb 7:-1-6 Gospel: Luke 21:20-36


The last of the Sundays after Pentecost is celebrated before the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent, which falls on November 7th November 14


The End of the Proper of the Time


Fixed Feasts during Eastertide and Pentecost

Saint Mark the Evangelist {Red} April 25 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 52: 7-10 Epistle: Ephesians 4: 7-8, 11-16 Gospel: Mark 1: 1-15 or 16: 15-20

Saint Philip and James, Saint Brioc {Red} April 25 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 30: 18-21 Epistle: II Corinthians 4: 1-6 Gospel: John 14: 6-14

Saint Athanasius {Red} May 2 Readings: Epistle: I John 5: 1-5 Gospel: Matthew 10: 22-32

Saint Gregory of Nazianzus {White} May 9 Readings: Old Testament: Wisdom 7: 7-14 Gospel: John 8: 25-32

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary {White} May 31 Readings: Old Testament: Zephaniah 3:14-18a Epistle: Colossians 3: 12-17 Gospel: Luke 1: 39-49

Saint Barnabas the Apostle {Red} June 11 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 41: 5-12 Epistle: Acts 11: 19-30; 13: 1-3 Gospel: Matthew 10: 7-16

Saint Basil the Great {White} June 14 Readings: Epistle: I Corinthians 2: 6-13 Gospel: Luke 10: 21-24

St. Alban-Protomartyr of Great Britain {Red} June 22 Readings: Gospel: A. I John 3: 13-16 B. Matthew 10: 34-42

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist {White} June 24 Readings: Old Testament: Isaiah 40: 1-11 Epistle: Acts 13: 14b-26 Gospel: Luke 1: 57-80

Saint Peter and Paul- The Apostles and Evangelists {Red} June 29 Readings: Old Testament: Ezekiel 34: 11-16 Epistle: 2 Timothy 4: 1-8 Gospel: John 21: 15-19

Saint Pius I, Pope and Martyr (d. 150 A.D.). {Red} July 11 Readings:  Epistle: 1 Peter 5:1-4, 10-11. Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19.

 Saint Mary Magdalene {White} July 22 Readings: Epistle: A. Judith 9: 1, 11-14, 10-11 B.  II Corinthians 5: 14-18 Gospel: John 20: 11-18.

Saint Aftimios of America, Bishop and Confessor (d. 1966 A.D.). {Red} July 24 Readings: Epistle: 1 Peter 5:1-4, 10-11 Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19.

Saint Uriel the Archangel and Saint Samson {White} July 28 Readings: Old Testament: Genesis 3: 8-24 Epistle: Revelation 14: 14-20 Gospel: Matthew 13: 44-51

Saint Mary and Martha of Bethany {White} July 29 Readings: Epistle: Romans 12: 9-13 Gospel: Luke 10: 38-42

St. Joseph of Arimethaea-Caretaker of our Lord's Body and Gospel-bearer to the Holy Isles {White} July 31 Readings: Old Testament: Proverbs 4: 10-18 Gospel: Luke 23: 50-56



Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ {White} August 6 Readings: Epistle: 2 Peter 1:16-19 Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

Saint Hippolytus of Rome, Priest and Martyr, Saint Pontianus, Pope and Martyr {Red} August 13 Reading:  Epistle: Hebrews 10:32-3. Gospel: Luke 12:1-8

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary {White/Blue} August 15 Reading: Epistle: Ecclesiastics 24:11-13, 15-20. Gospel: Luke 10:38-42.

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle {White} August 24 Readings: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 18: 15-18 Epistle: I Corinthians 4: 9-15 Gospel: Luke 22: 24-30

Feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist {Red} August 29 Readings: Epistle: Jeremiah 1:17-19 Gospel: Mark 6:17-19.

Saint Aidan of Lindesfarne {White} August 31 Readings: Epistle: I Corinthians 9: 16-23 Gospel: Matthew 19: 27-30.

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary {White/Blue} September 8 Readings: Epistle: Proverbs (Wisdom) 8:22-35. Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16.

Saint Cyprian {Red} September 13 Readings: Epistle: I Peter 5: 1-4, 10-11 Gospel: John 10: 11-16

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross {Red} September 14 Readings: Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11. Gospel: John 12:31-36.

Saint Ninian {White} September 16 ReadingsOld Testament: Isaiah 49: 1-6 Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20

Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist {Red} September 21 ReadingsOld Testament: Proverbs 3: 1-6 Epistle: Proverbs 3: 1-6 Gospel: Matthew 9: 9-13

The Feast of Saint Michael and all Angels {White} September 29 ReadingsOld Testament: Genesis 28: 10-17 Epistle: Revelation 12: 7-12 Gospel: John 1: 47-51

Saint Francis of Assisi {White} October 4 ReadingsEpistle: Galatians 6: 14-18 Gospel: Matthew 11: 25-30

Saint Luke the Physician and Evangelist {White} October 18 Readings:  Old Testament: Ecclesiastics 38: 1-4, 6-10, 12-14 Epistle: II Timothy 4: 5-13 Gospel:  Luke 4: 14-21

Saint Raphael the Archangel {White} October 24 Readings:  Old Testament: Tobit 12: 11-15 Epistle: Revelation 8: 2-5 Gospel: John 5: 1-4

Saint Simon and Jude, the Apostles and Evangelists {Red} Readings:  Old Testament: Deuteronomy 32: 1-4 Epistle: Ephesians 2: 13-22 Gospel: John 15: 17-27

Vigil of All Saints - All Hallows' Eve {Violet}. October 31 Readings: Epistle: Apocalypse (Revelation) 5:6-12. Gospel: Luke 6:17-23.

MAJOR HOLYDAY - Feast of All Saints / All Hallows. {White} November 1  Readings: Epistle: Apocalypse (Revelation) 7:2-12. Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12.

Saint Martin of Tours {White} November 11 Readings: Old Testament Isaiah 58:6-12, Gospel Matthew 25:34-40

Feast of All Souls - Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. {Black/Violet} Transfer to November 3rd, if the 2nd is a Sunday. November 2

1st Liturgy: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57. Gospel: John 5:25-29.

2nd Liturgy: Epistle: 2 Machabees 12:43-46. Gospel: John 6:37-40.

3rd Liturgy: Epistle: Apocalypse (Revelation) 14:13 Gospel: John 6:51-55.

Special Occasions


REQUIEM MASS Readings: Epistle: Apocalypse (Revelation) 14:13 Gospel: John 6:51-55.

NUPTIAL MASS Readings: Epistle: Ephesians 5:22-33 Gospel: Matthew 19:3-6.

Ordination of Deacon Readings: Old Testament: Ez. 44:15-16 Epistle: I Timothy. 3:8-13 Gospel: Luke 9:57-62

Ordination of Priest Readings: Old Testament: Ez 33:7-20 Epistle: A. Titus 1:1-6 B. Hebrews. 12:28-13:21 Gospel: A. Luke 12:4-44 B. John 10:1-30

Consecration of a Bishop Readings: Old Testament: Jer 1:4-19 Epistle: A. I Timothy 11:5; 3:1-5?; 6:11 B. II Timothy 2:15 C. I Timothy 4:13-15; 5:22; 4:16; 3:13 Gospel: A. John 21:15-17 B. Luke 10:23 C. Matthew 16:13-19

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    There are unscrupulous people on the internet these days.  Some of them are not who they claim to be and in order to disrupt honest spiritual pursuits, they are known to send out e-mail under someone else's name or the name of another church or jurisdiction with attachments.  Anyone can do this, if they want.  Some of them exist in Toledo, Ohio... Some in Texas... Others in Michigan, California and many other places... Some are "haters of truth" who follow (whether they are willing to admit it) those who have sway over less educated or ignorant... as their are also those who do not even know what they are doing because they seek glory to satisfy their own vanity and selfish pride to take over a church or jurisdiction of another, or to wreck havoc over those whom they hate without considering the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. 


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They HATE some of the news, quotes, and such as to inform the general public.  Some of them pose as clergy, while a few are actually clergy from various "other" offshoot AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH jurisdiction(s) of the same name of which we are, in some instances, their former MOTHER CHURCH (as is the same named Toledo, Ohio based an offshoot); having joined in and with  "Independent" churches who have nothing to do with us or even true Orthodoxy, but seek to go out of their way to character assassinate and disparage religious web sites who do not meet their own brand of standardization which is evidence of their being not truly "Orthodox" "Christian" or even "Catholic" no matter what their nomenclatured corporate name may be.  The Toldeo, Ohio based same name group under their so-called leader has been deposed, defrocked and excommunicated four different times by various bishops.  He, and several others, have become just as bad as the modern day Ecumenists of the National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, the World Council of Bishops and more.  Their ultimate aim and goal is destruction to those from whom they had either originated from or gone through to obtain the same named "church" they claim to hold to by civil law alone.


    Remember, anything that is a HALF TRUTH is not truth but a lie!  Many there are that you may know who fit those descriptions... pray for them.  Pray that God will send his Spirit of Truth upon them and lead them to Salvation through tears of Repentance, conversion of their cold and calculating hearts toward seeking forgiveness from God and those whom they attempt to harm. 


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    For ourselves, we have, as in the past, so once again, acquired the assistance of those who are able and capable of tracing e-mails back to their source and taking appropriate action in North America. 


    We have learned that the organization we subscribe to, whose members come from various legal and law enforcement backgrounds amongst other areas of society, are committed to the faith even though they may hold different theologies.  Yet, in their monitoring of electronic communications of various persons or people, they do not always make haste to bring perpetrators to justice until after enough evidence has been gained in order to build a solid case.  We do not always know what information they have gained, but we do know the organization, whom we've been asked not to name, has had a 97% success rate in bringing to justice and obtaining a conviction against individuals, people, and sometimes even religious organizations of a persona that gives the appearance of both secular and religious bearing but who abuse and misuse technology.  The organization views those who abuse and misuse the internet and other technologies as nothing more than a form of "domestic terrorism" - - - - and, it would seem to appear that the courts are in agreement!


 Those kinds of people, organizations, etc. who misuse and abuse communication technologies are no different than those who attempt to use coercive measures, and in some instance, even blackmail for the same idea is involved... to cause havoc and wreckage, to destroy the spirit and activity of those who struggle in the faith out of pain of heart for the Orthodox Church which is TRUTH. The degree that some have been known to go to, as seen by other jurisdictions, is to take advantage of questionably mentally challenged or those who have a lack of education and understanding to get them to make statements, even outright lies, in writing, in order to destroy.  Such persons or groups are spiritual terrorists for unholy and un-Orthodox causes, aims and goals.


    Yes, our Metropolitan Archbishop, +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D. strongly defends the Seals of the Confessional for such leads to true Repentance in thought, word and deed whereby the penitent is required to make amends, where possible, to seek forgiveness of those harmed by his actions whether real or imagined, and to give his forgiveness to those who have harmed him before taking the Holy Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  The reality of this understanding is bound up in and with the findings for which cause he, himself, had been character assassinated by his detractors who claim the courts prevented him from breaking the Seals of the Confessional which is not the truth at all.... Click here to see what another bishop's findings are...


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