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THE INDICTION
Orthodox New Year

The Constantinopolitan Indictio was adopted by the Patriarchs of that city. This Indiction begins on the 1st of September and is observed with special ceremony in the Church. On this feast we commemorate our Saviour's entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He was given the book of the Prophet Esaias to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me..." (Luke 4:16-30).
To the present day, the Orthodox Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1. September 1 is still festively celebrated as the New Year at the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The service of the Menaion for January 1 is for our Lord's Circumcision and for the memorial of Saint Basil the Great, without any mention of its being the beginning of a new year (this is the so-called Papal Indiction, which begins on the 1st of January).
Indictio, that is, Definiton, or Order in latin, was the name for the imperial decree, which was issued for the maitenance of Roman armed forces.The Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years. At the end of each fifteen-year period, an assessment was made of what economic changes had taken place, and a new tax was decreed, which was to be paid over the span of the fifteen years.

 

 

ORTHODOX CALENDAR                           

 

2004

 

A.D.

 

January

February

March

     

April

May

June

     

July

August

September

     

October

November

December

 
 

 

J a n u a r Y

 

1

T

()Circumcision of Our Lord; St. Basil the Great

2

S

Sts. Silvester & Sergius (No Fasting)

3

F

Holy Prophet Malachi; Martyr Gordius

4

S

Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles; St. Teoctist

Sunday before Theophany. Epistle: 2 Timothy 4:5-8. Gospel: Mark 1:1.8. Tome 4. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 7.

5

M

Eve of Theophany; Holy Martyrs Theopemptus, Theonas, and Syncletica (Strict Fast)

6

T

() Holy Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

7

M

) Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

8

T

Ven. George the Chozebite; Ven. Domnica

9

F

Martyr Polyeuctus; St. Eustratius

10

S

St. Gregory of Nyssa; Sts. Dometian and Marcian

11

S

Ven. Theodosius, the founder of cenobitic life in Palestine

Sunday after Theophany. Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-14; Gospel: Matthew 4:12- 17. Tone 5. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 8.

12

M

Martyr Tatiana, the deaconess and Eustasia

13

T

Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus

14

W

Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu

15

T

Ven. Paul of Thebes and John "Calabytes" (the hut-dweller)

16

F

Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy Apostle Peter

17

S

Ven. Anthony the Great

18

S

Sts. Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria

29TH Sunday after Pentecost. Epistle: Colossians 3:411; Gospel: Luke 17:12-19 (10 lepers). Tone 6. Matins Gospel & Exaposdlar 9.

19

M

Ven. Macarius of Egypt

20

T

Ven. Euthymius the Great

21

W

Ven. Maximus the Confessor; Martyrs Neophytus and Valerian

22

T

Apostle Timothy; Monk-martyr Anastasius the Persian

23

F

Martyrs Clement and Agathangelus

24

S

Ven. Mother Xenia and Martyr Babylas

25

S

) St. Gregory the Theologian

32nd Sunday after Pentecost Epistle: I Timothy 4:9-15; Hebrews 7:26.28, 8:1-2. Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 (Zacchaeus); John 10:9-16. Tone 7. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 10.

26

M

Ven. Xenophon and his wife Maria, with their children: Arcadius and John

27

T

Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom

28

W

Ven. Fathers Ephraim and Isaac of Syria

29

T

Translation of the Relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the Godbearer

30

F

The Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil, Gregory and John

31

S

Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John

 

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F e b r u a r Y

 

1

S

Martyr Tryphon; Martyr Perpetua and Felicitas (Triodion begins)

33rd Sunday after Pentecost. Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10.15. Gospel: Luke 18:10.14 (Publican and the Pharisee). Tone 8. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 11

2

M

() Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple

3

T

Righteous Simeon and Anna the Prophetess

4

W

Ven. Isidor and the Martyr Abramius (No Fasting)

5

T

Holy Martyr Agatha and Theodula

6

F

St. Bucolus and Holy Martyrs Julian and Fausta (No Fasting)

7

S

St. Parthenius and Ven. Luke

8

S

Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates, Prophet Zechariah

34th Sunday after Pentecost Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Gospel: Luke 15:11-32 (Prodigal Son). Tone 1. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 1.

9

M

Holy Martyrs: Nichephorus, Marcellus and Pancratius

10

T

Holy Martyrs: Haralambos and Valentina

11

W

Hieromartyr Blaise and Teodora the Empress

12

T

Sts. Meletius of Antioch and Anthony the patriarch

13

F

Ven. Martinian and Apostles Aquila and Priscilla

14

S

Ven. Auxentius Maron and Abraham (Memorial Saturday)

15

S

Apostle of the Seventy Onesimus; Martyr Major

35th Sunday after Pentecost Farewell to Meat Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:8-13. Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 (Last Judgment). Tone 2. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 2.

16

M

Martyrs Pamfil and Valens

17

T

Great Martyr Theodore the Soldier (Tyro') and St. Mariamne, sister of Apostle Philip

18

W

St. Leo the Great, Pope of Rome and Agapitos the Confessor (Dispensation for cheese and eggs)

19

T

Holy Apostles Archippos, Philemon and Apphias

20

F

St. Leo of Catania; Agaton, pope of Rome; Ven. Vissarion the Great (Dispensation for cheese and eggs)

21

S

Ven. Timothy and Eustathios

22

S

Uncovering of the relics of the Martyrs at the gate of Eugenios in Constantinople

36th Sunday after Pentecost. FareweB to Dairy. Epistle; Romans 13:11-14; 14:1.4. Gospel: Matthew 6:1421 (Expulsion of Adam from Paradise). Tone 3. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 3.

23

M

Hieromartyr Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna (Beginning of Great Lent)

24

T

) The first and second discoveries of the honorable head of St. John the Forerunner

25

W

Sts. Tarasios, Alexander and Ipatios

26

T

St. Porphyrios of Gaza; Great Martyr Photini, the Samaritan Woman

27

F

Ven. Prokopios the Confessor, Thalelaeus and Raphael of Brooklyn

28

S

Ven. John Cassian the Roman; Ven. Basil the Confessor (St Theodore Saturday)

29

S

St. Gherman of Dobrogea

1st Sunday of Great Lent (Orthodoxy). Epistle: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40. Gospel: John 1:43-51. Tone 4. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 4.

 

M a r C H

 

1

M

Ven. Martyr Eudokia

2

T

Holy Martyrs: Theodotos, Hesychios and Nestor

3

W

Martyrs: Eutropios, Kleonikos and Basilikos

4

T

Ven. Gerasimos; Martyrs Paul and Juliana

5

F

Hieromartyr Konon and Virgin-martyr Irais; St. Nicholai (Velimirovic)

6

S

Holy 42 Martyrs of Amoria (Memorial Saturday)

7

S

Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim and Eugene

2nd Sunday of Great Lent (St. Gregory Palamas). Martyrs of Communist Persecution. Epistle: Hebrews 1:1&.14; 2:1-3; Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2. Gospel: Mark 2.1-12. Jobs 10:9-16. Tone S. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 5.

M

Ven. Theophylaktos the Confessor

9

T

) The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste and Martyrs of Communism Persecution

10

W

Martyrs Kodratos, Cyprian and Dionysius

11

T

St Sofronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem

12

F

Ven. Theophanes the Confessor; Gregory the Dialogist; St. Simeon the New Theologian

13

S

Translation of the relics of Nikephoros, Patriarch of Constantinople (Memorial Saturday)

14

S

Ven. Benedict of Nursia; St. Alexander the Priest

3rd Sunday of Great Lent (The Cross). Epistle: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:16. Gospel: Mark 8:34 38; 9:1. Tone 6. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 6.

15

M

Martyrs Agapios, Publius and Timolaus Martyrs

16

T

Martyrs Sabinos and Papas

17

W

Ven. Alexios the'Man of God' and the Martyr Marinus

18

T

St. Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem

19

F

Martyrs Chrysanthos and Daria

20

S

The holy fathers slain at the monastery of Mar Sabbas (Memorial Saturday)

21

S

Ven. Confessor James the New; Sts. Thomas and Serapion

4th Sunday of Great Lent (St. John of the Ladder). Epistle: Hebrews 6:9-12. Gospel: Mark 9:17-32; Matthew 4:25, 5:1-12. Tone 7. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 7.

22

M

Hieromartyr Basil of Ancyra

23

T

Martyr Nikon of Sicily and 199 disciples with him

24

W

Ven. Zachariah; Martyr Luke (Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete)

25

T

() Annunciation (Dispensation to eat fish)

26

F

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel (Akathist to the Mother of God)

27

S

Martyr Matrona of Thessalonika

28

S

Ven. Stephen; Ven. Hilarion the New

5th Sunday of Great Lent (St. Mary of Egypt). Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14; Galatians 3:23-29. Gospel: Mark 10:33-45; Luke 7:36-50. Tone 8. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 8.

29

M

Hieromartyr Mark the bishop; Martyr Cyril the Deacon

30

T

Ven. John of Sinai, author of 'The Ladder'

31

W

Hypatios the wonder-worker; Innocent of Alaska

 

A p r i l

 

1

T

Ven. Mary of Egypt

2

F

Ven. Titos; Martyrs Amphianus and Edesius

3

S

Ven. Nikita the Confessor (Lazarus Saturday)

4

S

() Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday. 6th Sunday of Great Lent Epistle: Philipplam 4:4-9. Gospel: John 12:1-18. Follow the Triodion. (Dispensation to eat fish).

5

M

Martyrs Agathopodes the Deacon and Theodulus the Reader (Holy Week)

6

T

St. Eutychios, Patriarch of Constantinople

7

W

Ven. George; Martyr Kalliopios and Aquilina; Sava the New from Thrace

8

T

Holy Thursday.

9

F

Holy Friday.

10

S

Holy Saturday.

11

S

() Resurrection of our Lord. Holy Pascha.

Resurrection of Our Lord. Holy Pascha. Epistle: Acts 1:1-8. Gospel: John 1:1-17. Follow Pentecostarion.

12

M

() Bright Monday.

13

T

() Bright Tuesday.

14

W

Ven. Martin the Confessor (No Fasting)

15

T

Holy Apostles Aristarchos, Pudens and Trophymos of the Seventy

16

F

) Life-giving fount of the Mother of God. Virgin-Martyrs: Agape, Irene and Chionia

17

S

Hieromartyr Simeon; St. Acacius

18

S

Ven. John, disciple of Gregory of Decapolis; St. Sava the Goth; St. Cosmas

2nd Sunday after Pascha (St. Thomas). Epistle: Acts 5:12-20. Gospel: John 20:19-31. Tone 1. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar1.

19

M

Ven. John of Old Lavra in Palestine

20

T

Ven. Theodore the "hair-shirt wearer"; Apostle Zacchaeus; St. Theotim of Tomis

21

W

Hieromartyr Januarius; Alexandra and Philippa

22

T

Apostle Nathaniel; St. Theodore Sykeote

23

F

) Great Martyr George the Trophy-bearer

24

S

Hieromartyr Sava Stratelates, Ven. Elizabeth; Ilie, Iorest and Sava; Iosif of Maramures

25

S

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

3rd Sunday after Pascha (Myrrhbearing Women). Epistle: Acts 6:1-7. Gospel: Mark 15:43 47,16:1-7. Tone 2. Matins Gospel & Exapostilar 4.

26

M

Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea

27

T

Hieromartyr Simeon, the kinsman of the Lord

28

W

Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy

29

T

Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus; Ven. Memnon

30

F

Apostle James, brother of St. John the Evangelist

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M a Y

 

  1 S           Prophet Jeremiah; Martyrs Euchymius, Ignatius, and Acacius of Mt. Athos; St. Isidora

  2 S           St. Athanasius the Great, patriarch of Alexandria; Martyrs Hesperus, Zoe, and their sons Cyriacus and Theodulus, at Attalia.

4th Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Paralytic); Acts 9:32-42, John 5:1-15.

  3 M           Martyrs Timothy the Reader and his wife Maura of Antinoc in Egypt; Martyrs Diodor and Rodopian

  4 T          Virgin-martyr Pelagia of Tarsus in Asia Minor; Righteous Valerian

  5 W          Great-martyr Irene of Thessalonica. Martyrs Neophytus, Gaius, and Gaianus

  6 T           Righteous Job the Long-suffering; Sts. Mamas, Pachomius, and Hilarion, monks

  7 F          Commemoration of the Apparition of the Sign of the Precious Cross over Jerusalem in 351 A.D.  Martyr Acacius the centurion at Byzantium and martyr Codrat

  8 S          Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. St. Arsenius the Great

  9 S           Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari. Prophet Isaiah. Martyr Christopher of Lycia, and with him Martyrs Callinica and Aquilina.

5th Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman); Acts 11:19-26, 29-30, John 4:5-42. Tone 4.

10 M           Apostle Simon Zeiotes; Martyr Hesychius of Ancioch; St. Laurence, monk, of Egypt

11 T          Holy Equal-to-the Apostles Methodius and Cyril, first teachers of the Slavs. Hieromartyr Mocius (Mucius), presbyter of Amphipolis in Macedonia

12 W          Martyr John the Valah; St. Epiphanlus, bishop of Cyprus, and St. Germanus, patriarch of Constantinople

13 T           Virgin-martyr Glyceria at Heraclea; St. Sergius Georgius the Confessor of Constantinople

14 F          Martyr Isidore of Chios; Martyr Terapont

15 S          St. Pachomius the Great, founder of coenobitic monasticism; St. Achilles, bishop of Larissa

16 S          St. Theodore the Sanctified, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great; Martyrs Isaac, Simon and Peter of Blachernae

6th Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Blind Man); Acts 16:16-34, John 9:1-38. Tone 5.

17 M           Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy and his fellow labourer Junia; Sts. Nectarius and Theophanes of Meteora.

18 T          Martyrs Peter, Dionysius and those who suffered under Decius: Andrew, Paul, Christina, Heraclius, Paulinus, and Benedimus; St.Christina and with her the seven Virgins

19 W          Hieromartyr Patrick, of Prussa, bishop; Martyr Cyriaca; Righteous Memnon  

20 T           () The Ascension of Our Lord - Heroes Day; Martyr Thalelaeus; St. Thalassius and St. Mark the Hermit

21 F           ) Equal-to-the-Apostles Constantine, Emperor (337). Equal-to-the-Apostles Helena mother of Emperor Constantine (327).

22 S           Martyrs: Basiliscus and Marcellus; Holy Fathers of the Second Ecumenical Council

23 S           St. Michael the Confessor, bishop of Synnada (818); Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, wife of Cleopas.

7th Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council); Acts 20, 16-18; 28-36; John 17, 1-13; Tone 6.

24 M           Ven. Simeon; Martyr Serapion the Egyptian; Martyr Marciana

25 T           Third Finding of the Honorable Head of St. John the Baptist; Martyr Celestine

26 W          Apostles of the Seventy Carpus and Alphaeus; Martyrs: Abercius and Helen

27 T           Martyr Julius the Veteran; Hieromartyrs Thearapontes and Helladius; Martyr Alypius

28 F           St. Nicetas, bishop of Chalcedon; Woman-martyr Heliconis of Thessalonica; St. Eutychius, bishop of Melitene. (Apodosis of the Ascension).

29 S           Virgin-Martyr Theodosia; Hieromartyrs Olbian and Alexander, bishops (Commemoration of the Dead)

30 S           () Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Disciples; Ven. Isaac the Confessor and Barlaam; Martyr Natalius

8th Sunday of Pascha (Trinity Sunday).  Acts 2,1-11; John 7, 37-53; 8, 12

31 M            () Day of the Holy Trinity; Martyrs: Hermias, Hermei, Eusebius and Haralampos

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J u n e

 

  1 T           Martyr Justin the Philosopher; Martyrs: Chariton and Firmus

  2 W           ) Great Martyr John the New of Suceava; St. Nicephorus the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople (828). (No Fasting)

  3 T            Martyrs: Lucillian, Claudius, Hypatiusat, Paul, Diorlysius and Paula

  4 F           ) Martyrs: Zotic, Atal, Camasis and Philip of Niculitel; (No Fasting)

  5 S           Hieromartyrs: Dorotheus, Marcian and Leonides (Apodosis of the Pentecost))

  6 S           Ven. Bessarion the Wonderworker, of Egypt (4th -5th cens). St. Hilarion the New, Abbot of the Dalmatian Monastery (845); Martyr Gelasius.

1st Sunday after Pentecost (Sunday of All Saints); Heb.: 11, 33-40; 12, 1-2;  Matt.: 10, 32-35; 37-38; 19, 27-30; tone 8

  7 M           Hieromartyr Theodotus; Martyr Zenais (Zenaida) of Caesarea in Palestine; Ven.Sevastiana (Sts. Peter and Paul fast begins)

  8 T          Hieromartyrs Nicander and Marcianus; Translation of the relics of Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates

  9 W          St.Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria (444); Martyrs beheaded in Persia, nuns: Thecla, Mariamne, Martha, Mary and Enmatha (346).

10 T            Hieromartyr Timothy, bishop of Prussa (4th cen.); Martyr Alexander and Virgin-martyr Antonina at Constantinople (313).

11 F           Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas

12 S          Ven. Onuphrius the Great (4th cen.). Ven. Peter of Mt. Athos (734). (Dispensation to eat fish)

13 S           Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria (293). St. Triphyllius, Bishop of Leucosia (Nicosia) in Cyprus (370); (Dispensation to eat fish)

2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Sunday of Romanian Saints); Rome 2, 10-16; Ev. Matt 4, 18-23; tone 1

14 M           Prophet Elisha, (9th cen B.C.). St. Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople (847); St. Julitta (Julia) of Tabenna in Egypt.

15 T          Prophet Amos, (8th cen. B.C.); Hieromartyr Hesyhios; Blessed Augustine and Hieronimus

16 W          St. Tikhon, Bishop of Amathus in Cyprus (4th - 5th cen.); Hieromartyr Mark the bishop

17 T           Martyrs: Manuel, Sabel and Ismael of Persia (362)

18 F          Martyrs: Leontius, Hypatius and Theodulus at Tripoli in Syria (70 -79).

19 S          Holy Apostle, the Brother of the Lord Jude, (80). Ven. Paisius the Great of Egypt (5th cen.). Martyr Zosimas the Soldier at Antioch in Pisidia (2nd cen.). (Dispensation to eat fish)

20 S          Hieromartyr Methodius, bishop of Patar; St. Callistus, patriarch of Constantinople (1362). (Dispensation to eat fish)

3rd Sunday after Pentecost; Rome 5, 1-5; Ev. Matt 6, 22-33; tone 2

21 M           Martyrs Julian and Aphrodisius of Tarsus in Cilicia

22 T          Hieromartyr Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata; Martyr Galacteon; Martyr Zeno and his servant Zenas of Philadelphia (304).

23 W          Martyr Agrippina of Rome (253-260); Hieromartyr Aristocleos the priest

24 M     24 T           ) Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord John; ) St. Nicetas, bishop of Remesian (420); Translation of the relics of St. Greatmartyr John the New of Suceava  (Dispensation to eat fish)

25 F          Virgin-martyr Febronia of Nisibis (304); Ven. Dionysius and Dometrius of the Monastery of the Forerunner on Mt. Athos (1380); Ven. Martyr Livia

26 S          Ven. David of Thessalonic (540); St. John, bishop of the Goths in Crimea (8th cen.). (Dispensation to eat fish)

27 S          Ven. Sampson the Hospitable of Constantinople (530); St. Joanna the Myrrh-bearer (Dispensation to eat fish)

4th Sunday after Pentecost; Rome 6, 18-23;  Matt 8, 5-13; tone 3

28 M           Translation of the relics of the holy and wonder-working Unmercenaries Cyrus and John, (412); Martyr Pappias

29 T          () The holy, glorious and all-praised leaders of the Apostles Peter and Paul

30 W          Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Twelve Apostles; ) St. Gelasius of Ramet (Dispensation to eat fish)

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J u l Y

 

  1 T           ) St. Leon of Radauti; Holy and wonderworker Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian (284).

  2 F           The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae; ) St. King Stephen the Great

  3 S          Martyr Hyacith of Caesarea in Cappadocia (108); St. Anatolie, patriarch of Constantinople

  4 S          St. Andrew, Archbishop of Crete (712). Ven. Martha, mother of Ven. Simeon Stylites the Younger (554).

5th Sunday after Pentecost; Rome 10, 1-10; Ev. Matt 8, 28-34; 9, 1 ; tone 4

  5 M            Ven. Athanasius of Mt. Athos (1000); St. Lampadus, monk, of Hieropolis; Hieromartyr Cyprian

  6 T          Ven. Sisoes the Great; Virgin-martyr Lucy; St.Archyp and Philimon

  7 W          Great Martyr Kyriaky; Ven.Thomas of Mt. Maleon (283). Ven. Acacius of Sinai who is mentioned in "The Ladder" (6th cen.). Hieromartyr Evangelus, bishop of Tomi (Constanta) in Romania (290).

  8 T           Greatmartyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine (303).; Martyrs Epictet and Astion

  9 F          Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st cen.); Hieromartyr Cyril, bishop of Gortyna in Crete; Martyrs Andrew and Prov

10 S          45 Holy Martyrs at Nicopolis in Armenia (319); Martyrs: Vianor, Siluan and Apolonius

11 S          Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised (451). Blessed Olga, princess of Russia; St. Leo, monk, of Mandra

6th Sunday after Pentecost;  Rome 12, 6-14;  Matt 9, 1-8; tone 5

12 M           Martyrs Proclus and Hilary (Hilarion) of Ancyra; St. Veronica, the woman with the issue of blood who was healed by the Saviour.

13 T          Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel; Ven. Stephen the Sabbaite (794); Virgin Abbess Sarah of Scete in Libya

14 W          Apostle of the Seventy Aquila; Repose of Ven. Nicodemus the Hagiorite; Martyrs Justus and Heraclius

15 T           Martyr Cyricus (Quiricus) of Tarsus and his mother Julita (305); Ven. Great Prince Vladimir, Enlightener of the Russian Land (1015); Ven. Joseph Archbishop of Tessaloniky

16 F          Hieromartyr Athenogenes, bishop of Heracleopolis and his ten disciples (311).

17 S          Greatmarytr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia (4th cen.); St. Euphrasius of Ionopolis, bishop.

18 S          ) Martyr Emilian of Dorostolum; Martyr Hyacinth of Amastris (4th cen.).

7th Sunday after Pentecost (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 6th Ecumenical Council);  Rome 15, 1-7; Tit 3, 8-15; Matt 9, 27-35; John 17, 1-13; tone 6

19 M           Ven. Macrina, sister of St. Basil the Great (380). Ven. Dius, Abbot, of Antioch (430); Ven. Seraphim, Wonderworker of Sarov, (1903).

20 T          ) Holy Glorious Prophet Elijah, (9th cen. B.C.).

21 W          Ven. Simon and John, the hermits; Prophet Ezekiel, (6 cen. BC).

22 T           Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene, (1st cen.); Woman-martyr Marcella of Chios.

23 F          Translation of the relics of Holy Martyr Phocas; Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus and 13 others in Lycia (4th cen.).

24 S          Martyr Christina of Tyre (300); Martyr Hermogenes.

25 S         The Dormition of St. Anne, the Mother of the Most Holy; Holy Woman Olympias (Olympiada) the Deaconess, of Constantinople (408-410) and Virgin Eupraxia, of Tabenna (413).

8th Sunday after Pentecost; 1 Cor. 1, 10-17; Matt 14, 14-22; tone 7

26 M         Hieromartyr Hermolaus; Martyr Parasceva of Rome

27 T         Holy Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon, (305), St. Anthusa, abbess of Mantinea in Asia Minor and her 90 sisters (8th cen.).

28 W         Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas.

29 T          Martyr Callinicus of Gangra in Asia Minor (3rd - 4th cens), Martyrs Benjamin and Mamas; Martyr Theodota and her three sons in Bithynia (304)

30 F         Apostles of the Seventy Silas, Silvanus and those with them: Crescens, Epenetus and Andronicus; Martyr Julitta,

31 S         Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia (9th cen.); Righteous Joseph of Arimathea. (Forefeast of the Procession of the Holy Cross)

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A u g u s t

 

  1 S           Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord ; Holy-Seven Maccabean Martyrs. (Beginning of the Dormition Fast)

9th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Cor. 3, 9-17;  Matt 14, 22-34; tone 8

  2 M           Translation of the relics of the Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen, (428); Blessed Emperor Justinian

  3 T          Vens Isaac, Dalmatus and Faustus; Holy Myrrh-bearer Salome.

  4 W          Holy Seven Youths (the "Seven Sleepers") of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martnian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine), Antoninus, (250); Martyr Eudoxia of Persia (362-364).

  5 T           Forefeast of Transfiguration. ) Ven. John Jacob of Neamt

  6 F          () Transfiguration of Our Lord (Dispensation to eat fish)

  7 S           ) Ven. Theodora of Sihla; Holy Hieromartyr Narcissus, Patriarch of Constantinople; St. Dometius of Persia and two disciples (363).

  8 S           St. Emilian the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus (815); St. Myron, bishop of Crete (350).

10th Sunday after Pentecost; 1 Cor. 4, 9-16; Ev. Matt 17, 14-23; tone 1

  9 M           Holy Apostle Matthias; Martyrs: Julian, Marcian, John, James, Alexius, Demetrius, Photius (Phocas), Peter, Leontius and Mary of Constantinople (730).

10 T          Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Lawrence of Rome. Hieromartyrs Sixtus, Bishop of Rome and Hyppolit

11 W          ) St. Niphon, patriarch of Constantinople; Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus (Euplius) of Catania (304).

12 T           Martyrs Anicletus and Photius (Photinus) of Nicomedia (305-306). Martyrs Pamphilus and Capito.

13 F          Translation of the relics of Ven. Maximus the Confessor; Apodosis of Transfiguration.

14 S          Forefeast of the Dormiton. Prophet Micah, (12th cen. B.C.).

15 S          () The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary (Dispensation to eat fish)

11th Sunday after Pentecost; 1 Cor. 9, 2-12; Matt 18, 23-35; tone 2

16 M           Translation of the Image Not Made By Hands of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople; )  Martyrs: Prince Constantin Brancoveanu with his four sons: Constantin, Stephen, Radu, Matew and counsellor Yanakys

17 T          Martyrs: Myron, Straton, Cyprian and Thyrsus

18 W          Martyrs: Florus, Laurus, Polyaenus and Leo

19 T           Martyrs: Andrew Stratelates, Timothy, Agapius and Thecla

20 F          Prophet Samuel (11th cen. B.C.); Martyrs: Severus and Heliodorus

21 S          Holy Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy (44); Martyr Bassa; Martyrs: Donat the deacon, Romulus the priest, Silvanus the deacon and Venust

22 S          Martyrs: Agathonicus, Anthusa, Zoticus, Irenaeus and Or

12th Sunday after Pentecost; 1 Cor. 15, 1-11; Matt 19, 16-26; tone 3

23 M          ) Martyr Lupus, slave of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. Hieromartyr Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (202); Apodosis of the Dormition

24 T         Hieromartyr Eutychius, disciple of St. John the Theologian; Martyr Tation (Tatio) at Claudiopolis (305).

25 W          Return of the relics of Apostle Bartholomew from Anastasiopolis to Lipari (4th cen.). Holy Apostle of the Seventy Titus, bishop of Crete.                        

26 T           Martyrs: Adrian, his wife Natalia and Atticus

27 F          Ven.Pimen (Poemen); Martyrs: Euthalia, Phanurius and Hosius

28 S          Ven. Moses the Black of Scete (4th cen.); Martyr Diomedes; Righteous Anna the Prophetess

29 S         () The Beheading of the Holy Glorius Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist of Lord John; Ven.Theodora (Strict fast)

13th Sunday after Pentecost; 1 Cor. 16, 13-24;  Matt 21, 33-44; tone 4

30 M           St. Alexander, patriarch of Constantinople (340). St. John, patriarch of Constantinople (595). St. Paul the New Patriarch of Constantinople (784).

31 T          The Placing of the Cincture (Sash) of the Most Holy Theotokos

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S e p t e m b e r

 

  1 W           St. Simeon Stylites (459). Ven. Martha mother of Simeon Stylites (428) (Beggining of the Indiction - Church New Year)                   

  2 T            Martyrs Mamas, of Caesarea in Cappadocia; St. John the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople (595).

  3 F           Hieromartyr Anthimus, bishop of Nicomedia; Ven. Theoctistus

  4 S           Hieromartyr Babylas, bishop of Antioch; Holy Prophet and Godseer Moses.

  5 S            Holy Prophet Zachariah parent of St. John the Forerunner; Martyrs: Urban and Theodore

14th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor. 1, 21-24; 2, 1-4;  Matt. 22, 1-14; tone 5

  6 M             Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae ; Martyrs: Romulus and Macarius

  7 T           Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Martyr Sozon

  8 W           () The Nativity of the Mother of God (Dispensation to eat fish)

  9 T            Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna; Martyr Severian

10 F            Martyrs: Menodora, Metrodora and Nymphodora at Nicomedia (305-311); St. Pulcheria the Empress (453).

11 S            Ven. Theodora of Alexandria; Ven. Euphrosynus; St. Siluan, elder of Mt. Athos (1938).

12 S            Hieromartyrs: Autonomus, Macedonius and Theodulus; Apodosis of the Nativity of the Mother of God

Sunday before Holy Cross; Gal. 6, 11-18;  John 3, 13-17; tone 6

13 M            Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Cross; Hieromartyr Cornelius the Centurian; ) Ven. John of Prislop

14 T           () The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Strict fast)

15 W           ) St. Joseph the New of Partos; Geat Martyr Nikitas of Rome

16 T            Greatmartyr Euphemia; Martyr Melitena; Ven. Dorotheus

17 F           Martyrs: Sophia, and her three daughters: Pistis, Agape, Elpis

18 S           St.Eumenios, Bishop. of Gortyna; Martyrs: Ariadne and Castor

19 S           Martyrs: Trophimus, Sabbatius and Dorymedon
Sunday after Holy Cross; Gal. 2, 16-20;  Mark 8, 34-38; 9, 1; tone 7

20 M            Greatmartyr Eustathius (Eustace) Placidas, his wife Theopistes, and their two sons

21 T           Apostle of the Seventy Quadratus; Holy Prophet Jonah; Apodosis of the Holy Cross

22 W           ) Hieromartyr Theodosius of Brazi Convent; Hieromartyr Phocas; Martyrs Isaac and Martin.

23 T             The Conception of the Holy Prophet John; Ven. Xanthippa and Polyxena

24 F           ) Protomartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Thecla; Ven.Coprius

25 S           Ven.Euphrosyne; Ven. Paphnutius of Egypt

26 S           ) Translation of the relics of Holy Apostle and Evangenlist John the Theologian; Martyr Cyra.

17th Sunday after Pentecost; 2 Cor. 9, 6-11; Luke 5, 1-11; tone 8

27 M           ) Hieromartyr Anthym of Iviron; Martyrs Callistratus and Epicharis

28 T          Ven. Chariton the Confessor; Prophet Baruch, (11th. cen. B.C.); Martyr Pimen

29 W           Ven. Kyriakos the Anchorite; Martyrs Tryphon and Petronia

30 T            Hieromartyr Gregory the Illuminator, bishop of Greater Armenia (335); Martyrs Rhipsime and Gaiana

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O c t o b e r

 

  1 F           ) Holy Protection of the Mother of God; Apostle of the Seventy Ananias; Ven. Roman the Melodist.

  2 S           Hieromartyr Cyprian, Virgin-martyr Justina.

  3 S           Hieromartyr Dionysios the Areopagite; Martyr Theoctistus.

18th Sunday after Pentecost; 2 Cor. 11, 31-33 si 12, 1-9;  Luke 6, 31-36; tone 1

  4 M            Hieromartyr Hierotheus, bishop of Athens; Martyrs Domnina, Adauctus and his daughter Callisthene

  5 T           Martyr Charitina of Amisus (304); Martyr Mamelta (Mamelchtha) of Persia (344).

  6 W           Holy Apostle Thomas; Woman-martyr Erotheis.

  7 T            Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus; Martyr Julian presbyter, Caesarius deacon and Polychronius.

  8 F            Ven.Pelagia and St. Thais (Taisia).

  9 S            Holy Apostle James Alphaeus; Ven. Andronicus and his wife  Athanasia.

10 S            Martyrs Eulampius and his sister Eulampia; Ven. Bassian and Righteous Theophilus the Confessor

19th Sunday after Pentecost; Gal. 1, 11-19; Luke 7, 11-16; tone 2                               

11 M            Holy Apostle Philip, one of the Seven Deacons; Ven. Theophanes the Confessor; Martyr Zenaidas (Zenais) and Philonilla

12 T           Martyrs: Probus, Tarachus and Andronicus; St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, Bishop of Maiuma.

13 W           Martyrs: Carpus, Papylus, Agathadorus, and Agathonica at Pergamus (251)

14 T            ) Ven. Parasceva of Epivat, Protectress of Moldavia and Serbia (11th cen.); Martyrs: Nazarius, Gervasius, Protase, and Celsus of Milan (387); Martyr Silvanus of Gaza, presbyter, (4th cen.).

15 F            Hieromartyr Loukianos; Ven. Sabinus and Vars, the Bishops.

16 S            Martyr Longinus the Centurian; Martyrs: Leon, Dometius and Terentius.

17 S            Prophet Hosea (Osee), (820 B.C.); Monk-martyr Andrew of Crete (767).

20th Sunday after Pentecost (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council); Gal. 2, 16-20 and Holy Fathers: Tit 3, 8-15;  Luke 8, 5-15;  John 17, 1-13; tone 3

18 M             Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. Martyr Marinus the Elder

19 T            Prophet Joel (800 B.C.); Martyrs Varys, Felix priest and Eusebius deacon.

20 W            Greatmartyr Artemius; Ven. Matrona.   

21 T             ) Ven. Visarion (Bessarion) Sarai, of Ciorara, and Confessor Sophronie, monk; Martyr Oprea of Salistie,  St.Priests Confessors John of Gales and Moses Macinic of Sibiel, in Romania; Ven. Hilarion the Great (1164).

22 F            Equal-to-the-Apostles St.Abercius; The Holly Seven Youths ("Seven Sleepers") of Ephesus (250).

23 S            Holy Apostle James,the Brother of the Lord; St. Ignatius, patriarch of Constantinople

24 S            Greatmartyr Arethas; Martyrs Sebastiana and Valentine.

21st Sunday after Pentecost; Ephes. 2, 4-10; Luke 8, 26-39; tone 4

25 M             Martyr Marcian and Martyrius; Martyr Valerian; St. Tabitha

26 T            ) St. Demetrios the Myrrh-streamer

27 W            ) Ven. Demetrios the New of Basarabi - Romanian Patriarchate shelter his holy relics ; Martyr Nestor.

28 T             Martyrs: Terence and Neonila, and their seven sons; Ven.Firmilian bishop.

29 F            Martyr Anastasia the Roman; Ven. Abramius.

30 S            Hieromartyr Zenobius, bishop of Aegae and his sister Zenobia; Apostle Cleopas.

31 S            Apostles of the Seventy: Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles and Aristobulus.

22nd Sunday after Pentecost; Gal. 6, 11-18; Luke 16, 19-31; tone 5

 

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N o V e m b e r

 

  1 M            Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian

  2 T           Martyrs: Acindynus, Pegusius, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus and Anempodistus

  3 W           Martyrs: Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter and Aithalas the Deacon                     

  4 T            Ven. Joannicius the Great (846). Hieromartyrs Nicander, bishop of Myra, and Hermas, Presbyter (1st cen.).

  5 F           Martyr Galacteon, and his wife Epistemis (Episteme); Martyrs: Timothy, Theophilus and Theotimus

  6 S           St. Paul the Confessor, archbishop of Constantinople; Ven. Luke (Commemoration of the dead)

  7 S           Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene; Ven. Lazarus

23rd Sunday after Pentecost; Ephes. 2, 14-22; Luke 8, 41-56; tone 6

  8 M            ) Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel

  9 T           Martyrs: Claudius, Castor, Sempronian and Nicostratus; Martyrs: Onesiphorus and Porphyrius

10 W           Apostles of the Seventy: Erastus, Olympas, Herodion, Sosipater, Quartus and Tertius

11 T            Martyrs: Mennas, Victor and Vicent

12 F           St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria; Ven.Nilus the Ascetic

13 S           ) St. John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople (407); Monk-martyr Damaskinos

14 S            Holy Apostle Philip; St. Gregory Palamas

24th Sunday after Pentecost;  Ephes. 4, 1-7; Luke 10, 25-37; tone 7

15 M           ) St. Paisios of Neamt; Holy Martyrs and Confessors: Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus (322). (Beginning of Nativity Fast)

16 T          Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

17 W          St. Gregory the Wonderworker, bishop of Neo-Caesarea; St. Lazarus the iconographer and St. Zachariah

18 T           Martyrs: Plato, Roman and Zacchaeus

19 F          Prophet Obadiah; Martyr Barlaam

20 S          Forefeast of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Mother of God. ) Ven. Gregory Decapolites (816); Martyr Dasius; St. Proclus, archbishop of Constantinople

21 S          () The Entrance of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple (Dispensation to eat fish)

25th Sunday after Pentecost; Ephes. 5, 8-19; Luke 12, 16-21; tone 8

22 M           Apostles of the Seventy Philemon, Archippus and Onesimus; Martyr Cecilia

23 T          ) Ven. Anthony of Iezeru-Valcea; St. Amphilochius (Dispensation to eat fish)

24 W          Hieromartyrs Clement, bishop of Rome and Peter, bishop of Alexandria

25 T           Greatmartyr Catherine; Martyr Mercurius; Apodosis of the Entry.

26 F          Ven. Alypius the Stylite, Nicon and Stylianos of Paphlagonia

27 S          Greatmartyr James the Persian (421); Ven. Pinuphrius of Egypt (4th cen.) and Nathaniel (Dispensation to eat fish)

28 S          Monk-martyr and Confessor Stephen the New; Martyr Irenarchus (Dispensation to eat fish)

26th Sunday after Pentecost; Col. 3, 12-16; Luke 18, 18-27, tone 1

29 M           Martyrs: Paramon, Philomenus and Valerian

30 T          ) Holy and All-praised Apostle Andrew the Firstcalled Protector of Romania; St. Frumentius, Archbishop of India. (Dispensation to eat fish)

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D e c e m b e r

 

  1 W          Nahum, prophet (7th cen. B.C.), Righteous Philaret the Merciful

  2 T           Habakkuk (Abbacum, Avakkum), Prophet (6th cen. B.C.); Woman-martyr Myrope; St. Solomon, archbishop of Ephesus.

  3 F          Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) 635-605 B.C.; Hieromartyr Theodore, archbishop of Alexandria

  4 S          Greatmartyr Barbara, Ven. John of Damascus (780). (Dispensation to eat fish)

  5 S          St. Savas the Sanctified; Martyr Anastasios; Ven.Nectarius (Dispensation to eat fish)

27th Sunday after Pentecost; Ephes. 6, 10-17; Luke 13, 10-17; tone 2

  6 M         ) St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia (345). (Dispensation to eat fish)

  7 T         ) Ven. Philoftheia of Curtea de Arges, Protectress of Romania; St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan (397).

  8 W          Ven. Patapius and Sofronius; Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Caesar, and Onesiphorus.

  9 T           The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Mother of God; Prophetess Anna (Hannah), mother of the Prophet Samuel (1100 B.C.).

10 F          Martyr Mennas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus of Alexandria (313).

11 S          Ven. Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople (489 - 490). Ven. Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon (970 - 980); Martyr Barsabas (Dispensation to eat fish)

12 S           St. Spyridon the Wonderworker, bishop of Tremithus (348); Martyr Synesius; Hieromartyr Alexander, bishop of Jerusalem (251). (Dispensation to eat fish)

28th Sunday after Pentecost (Sunday of the Holy Forefathers); Col. 1, 12-18; Luke 14, 16-24; tone 3

13 M           Martyr: Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes at Sebaste (4th cen.). Virgin-martyr Lucy of Syracuse (304).

14 T          Martyrs Thyrsus,  Callinicus, Apollonius and Philemon.

15 W           Hieromartyr Eleutherius; Martyrs Anthis and Susanna

16 T            Prophet Haggai (Aggaeus) (500 B.C.). ; Martyr Marinus; Blessed Theophania, Empress

17 F           Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths Ananias, Azarias, and Misael (600 B.C.).

18 S           ) Ven. Daniel the Ascetic; Martyrs Sebastian and Zoe; Ven.Modestus (Dispensation to eat fish)

19 S           Martyr Boniface; St. Gregentius; Martyr Tryphon; Righteous Agle (Aglaida) (Dispensation to eat fish)

Sunday before Nativity (Sunday of the Holy Fathers); Heb. 11, 9-10 and 32-40; Matt 1, 1-25; tone 4

20 M            Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ. Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, Bishop of Antioch (107).

21 T            Martyr Juliana; Martyr Theomistocles

22 W          St. Peter Movila, Metropolite of Kyev; Greatmartyr Anastasia; Martyrs Chrysonogus, Theodota

23 T            10 Martyrs of Crete; Ven. Paul bishop of Neo-Caesarea

24 V           Nun-martyr Eugenia (The Eve of the Nativity of Christ)

25 S           () The Nativity of Our Lord Christmas

26 S           () Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God; Ven. Nicodemus of Tismana

Sunday after Nativity; Gal. 1, 11-19; Matt. 2, 13-23; tone 5

27 M            ) Holy Promartyr and Archdeacon Stephen

28 T           20.000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

29 W           The 14,000 Infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod at Bethlehem; Ven. Marcellus (No fasting)

30 T            Virgin-martyr Anysia; St. Theodora, nun of Caesarea; Ven. Leo

31 F           Ven. Melania of Rome (439).; Martyr Hermes; Apodosis of the Nativity of Christ (No fasting)

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EASTER CALENDAR
2004-2013

Click on title for PASCHALIA, the Easter dates for the following  years.

ORTHODOX CHURCH CALENDAR

The ecclesiastical year, which according to Byzantine practice begins on the first of September (Indiction), is divided between movable and immovable or fixed holy days. The movable holy days are determined by the date of Easter - the most important of all feast days -, which is in a class by itself. The determination of the date of Easter was definitively regulated by the decision of the First Ecumenical Synod, held in Nicaea (325). Next in importance to Easter are the "twelve great feasts," of which three are movable. Eight of these feasts are devoted to Christ and four to the Virgin Mary. There are also a number of feast days of varying importance, most of which commemorate the more popular saints.