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 3, 2016

(January 17, 2016)

January 1, 2017

(January 15, 2017)

December 31, 2017

(January 14, 2018)

Sunday after Theophany January 10, 2016

(January 24, 2016 )

January 8, 2017

(January 22, 2017 )

January 7, 2018

(January 21, 2018 )

Zacchaeus Sunday (Slavic Tradition) February 14, 2016 January 29, 2017 January 21, 2018
Publican & Pharisee Sunday - fast free week February 21, 2016 February 5, 2017 January 28, 2018
Sunday of the Prodigal Son February 28, 2016 February 12, 2017 February 4, 2018
Meat Fare Sunday (Sunday of Last Judgement) March 6, 2016 February 19, 2017 February 11, 2018
fast for 6 days Mon, March 7, 2016 Mon, February 20, 2017 Mon, February 12, 2018
Cheesefare (Forgiveness) Sunday

Expulsion from Paradise

March 13, 2016 February 26, 2017 February 18, 2018
Great Lent begins - fast for 6 weeks Mon, March 14, 2016 Mon, February 27, 2017 Mon, February 19, 2018
Sunday of Orthodoxy

1st Sunday of Lent

March 20, 2016 March 5, 2017 February 25, 2018
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

2nd Sunday of Lent

March 27, 2016 March 12, 2017 March 4, 2018
Sunday of the Holy Cross

3rd Sunday of Lent

April 3, 2016 March 19, 2017 March 11, 2018
Sunday of St. John Climacus

4th Sunday of Lent

April 10, 2016 March 26, 2017 March 18, 2018
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

5th Sunday of Lent

April 17, 2016 April 2, 2017 March 25, 2018
Lazarus Saturday Sat, April 23, 2016 Sat, April 8, 2017 Sat, March 31, 2018
Palm Sunday April 24, 2016 April 9, 2017 April 1, 2018
Holy Week starts - fast all week Mon, April 25, 2016 Mon, April 10, 2017 Mon, April 2, 2018
Holy Thursday Thu, April 28, 2016 Thu, April 13, 2017 Thu, April 5, 2018
Holy Friday Fri, April 29, 2016 Fri, April 14, 2017 Fri, April 6, 2018
Holy Saturday Sat, April 30, 2016 Sat, April 15, 2017 Sat, April 7, 2018
Pascha - fast free week May 1, 2016 April 16, 2017 April 8, 2018
Sunday of St. Thomas

2nd Sunday of Pascha

May 8, 2016 April 23, 2017 April 15, 2018
Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women

3rd Sunday of Pascha

May 15, 2016 April 30, 2017 April 22, 2018
Sunday of the Paralytic

4th Sunday of Pascha

May 22, 2016 May 7, 2017 April 29, 2018
Midfeast of Pentecost Wed, May 25, 2016 Wed, May 10, 2017 Wed, May 2, 2018
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

5th Sunday of Pascha

May 29, 2016 May 14, 2017 May 6, 2018
Sunday of the Blind Man

6th Sunday of Pascha

June 5, 2016 May 21, 2017 May 13, 2018
Leavetaking of Pascha Wed, June 8, 2016 Wed, May 24, 2017 Wed, May 16, 2018
AscensionThursday June 9, 2016 May 25, 2017 May 17, 2018
Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

7th Sunday of Pascha

June 12, 2016 May 28, 2017 May 20, 2018
Pentecost Sunday - fast free week June 19, 2016 June 4, 2017 May 27, 2018
Day of the Holy Spirit Mon, June 20, 2016 Mon, June 5, 2017 Mon, May 28, 2018
Sunday of All Saints

1st Sunday after Pentecost

June 26, 2016 June 11, 2017 June 3, 2018
Apostles fast begins June 27, 2016

for 2 Days ( 15 Days OC)

June 12, 2017

for 17 Days ( 30 Days OC)

June 4, 2018

for 25 Days ( 38 Days OC)

All Saints of North America

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

July 3, 2016 June 18, 2017 June 10, 2018
Fathers of the First Six Councils July 17, 2016

(July 31, 2016)

July 16, 2017

(July 30, 2017)

July 15, 2018

(July 29, 2018)

Sunday before Elevation of the Cross September 11, 2016

(September 25, 2016)

September 10, 2017

(September 24, 2017)

September 9, 2018

(September 23, 2018)

Sunday after Elevation of the Cross

- Lukan Jump next day -

September 18, 2016

(October 2, 2016 )

September 17, 2017

(October 1, 2017 )

September 16, 2018

(September 30, 2018 )

Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council October 16, 2016

(October 30, 2016 )

October 15, 2017

(October 29, 2017 )

October 14, 2018

(October 28, 2018 )

2nd Sunday before Nativity December 11, 2016

(December 25, 2016)

December 17, 2017

(December 24, 2017)

December 16, 2018

(December 30, 2018)

Sunday before Nativity December 18, 2016

(January 1, 2017)

December 24, 2017

(December 31, 2017)

December 23, 2018

(January 6, 2019)

Sunday after Nativity January 1, 2017

(January 8, 2017 )

December 31, 2017

(January 14, 2018 )

December 30, 2018

(January 13, 2019 )

See also

Guidance on style

External links

Calendar use