Church Calendar

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The Church Calendar consists of a series of cycles by which feasts are celebrated in the Orthodox Church. There are currently three calendars in use in the Church, the Julian Calendar ("Old Calendar"), Revised Julian Calendar ("New Calendar"), and Gregorian Calendar ("New Calendar").

Usage

A number of the above churches also have some parishes and dioceses which are on a different calendar than their respective primates, most especially the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in the diaspora, which has many Julian Calendar parishes.

In terms of population, most Orthodox Christians follow the Julian Calendar (roughly 144 million to 41 million) but in terms of numbers of autocephalous and autonomous church bodies, the majority use one of the New Calendars (12 to 8).

Calendar fixed feast days

The following list of dates links only to fixed feasts of the Orthodox Church. The Church's year begins with the Indiction on September 1.

September 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
October 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
November 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
December     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
January 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
February 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 (29)
March 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
April 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
June 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Calendar movable feast days

All dates are Gregorian. Dates in ( ) are Gregorian dates of movable feasts on the Julian Calendar when different.

Movable feast day Date this year Date next year Date in two years
Sunday before Theophany. January 5, 2020

(January 12, 2020)

January 3, 2021

(January 17, 2021)

January 2, 2022

(January 16, 2022)

Sunday after Theophany January 12, 2020

(January 26, 2020 )

January 10, 2021

(January 24, 2021 )

January 9, 2022

(January 23, 2022 )

Zacchaeus Sunday (Slavic Tradition) February 2, 2020 February 14, 2021 February 6, 2022
Publican & Pharisee Sunday - fast free week February 9, 2020 February 21, 2021 February 13, 2022
Sunday of the Prodigal Son February 16, 2020 February 28, 2021 February 20, 2022
Meat Fare Sunday (Sunday of Last Judgement) February 23, 2020 March 7, 2021 February 27, 2022
fast for 6 days Mon, February 24, 2020 Mon, March 8, 2021 Mon, February 28, 2022
Cheesefare (Forgiveness) Sunday

Expulsion from Paradise

March 1, 2020 March 14, 2021 March 6, 2022
Great Lent begins - fast for 6 weeks Mon, March 2, 2020 Mon, March 15, 2021 Mon, March 7, 2022
Sunday of Orthodoxy

1st Sunday of Lent

March 8, 2020 March 21, 2021 March 13, 2022
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

2nd Sunday of Lent

March 15, 2020 March 28, 2021 March 20, 2022
Sunday of the Holy Cross

3rd Sunday of Lent

March 22, 2020 April 4, 2021 March 27, 2022
Sunday of St. John Climacus

4th Sunday of Lent

March 29, 2020 April 11, 2021 April 3, 2022
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

5th Sunday of Lent

April 5, 2020 April 18, 2021 April 10, 2022
Lazarus Saturday Sat, April 11, 2020 Sat, April 24, 2021 Sat, April 16, 2022
Palm Sunday April 12, 2020 April 25, 2021 April 17, 2022
Holy Week starts - fast all week Mon, April 13, 2020 Mon, April 26, 2021 Mon, April 18, 2022
Holy Thursday Thu, April 16, 2020 Thu, April 29, 2021 Thu, April 21, 2022
Holy Friday Fri, April 17, 2020 Fri, April 30, 2021 Fri, April 22, 2022
Holy Saturday Sat, April 18, 2020 Sat, May 1, 2021 Sat, April 23, 2022
Pascha - fast free week April 19, 2020 May 2, 2021 April 24, 2022
Sunday of St. Thomas

2nd Sunday of Pascha

April 26, 2020 May 9, 2021 May 1, 2022
Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women

3rd Sunday of Pascha

May 3, 2020 May 16, 2021 May 8, 2022
Sunday of the Paralytic

4th Sunday of Pascha

May 10, 2020 May 23, 2021 May 15, 2022
Midfeast of Pentecost Wed, May 13, 2020 Wed, May 26, 2021 Wed, May 18, 2022
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

5th Sunday of Pascha

May 17, 2020 May 30, 2021 May 22, 2022
Sunday of the Blind Man

6th Sunday of Pascha

May 24, 2020 June 6, 2021 May 29, 2022
Leavetaking of Pascha Wed, May 27, 2020 Wed, June 9, 2021 Wed, June 1, 2022
AscensionThursday May 28, 2020 June 10, 2021 June 2, 2022
Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

7th Sunday of Pascha

May 31, 2020 June 13, 2021 June 5, 2022
Pentecost Sunday - fast free week June 7, 2020 June 20, 2021 June 12, 2022
Day of the Holy Spirit Mon, June 8, 2020 Mon, June 21, 2021 Mon, June 13, 2022
Sunday of All Saints

1st Sunday after Pentecost

June 14, 2020 June 27, 2021 June 19, 2022
Apostles fast begins June 15, 2020

for 14 Days ( 27 Days OC)

June 28, 2021

for 1 Days ( 14 Days OC)

June 20, 2022

for 9 Days ( 22 Days OC)

All Saints of North America

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2020 July 4, 2021 June 26, 2022
Fathers of the First Six Councils July 19, 2020

(July 26, 2020)

July 18, 2021

(August 1, 2021)

July 17, 2022

(July 31, 2022)

Sunday before Elevation of the Cross September 13, 2020

(September 20, 2020)

September 12, 2021

(September 26, 2021)

September 11, 2022

(September 25, 2022)

Sunday after Elevation of the Cross

- Lukan Jump next day -

September 20, 2020

(October 4, 2020 )

September 19, 2021

(October 3, 2021 )

September 18, 2022

(October 2, 2022 )

Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council October 11, 2020

(October 25, 2020 )

October 17, 2021

(October 24, 2021 )

October 16, 2022

(October 30, 2022 )

2nd Sunday before Nativity December 13, 2020

(December 27, 2020)

December 12, 2021

(December 26, 2021)

December 11, 2022

(December 25, 2022)

Sunday before Nativity December 20, 2020

(January 3, 2021)

December 19, 2021

(January 2, 2022)

December 18, 2022

(January 1, 2023)

Sunday after Nativity December 27, 2020

(January 10, 2021 )

December 26, 2021

(January 9, 2022 )

January 1, 2023

(January 8, 2023 )

See also

Guidance on style

External links

Calendar use