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, 2021

(January 17, 2021)

January 2, 2022

(January 16, 2022)

January 1, 2023

(January 15, 2023)

Sunday after Theophany January 10, 2021

(January 24, 2021 )

January 9, 2022

(January 23, 2022 )

January 8, 2023

(January 22, 2023 )

Zacchaeus Sunday (Slavic Tradition) February 14, 2021 February 6, 2022 January 29, 2023
Publican & Pharisee Sunday - fast free week February 21, 2021 February 13, 2022 February 5, 2023
Sunday of the Prodigal Son February 28, 2021 February 20, 2022 February 12, 2023
Meat Fare Sunday (Sunday of Last Judgement) March 7, 2021 February 27, 2022 February 19, 2023
fast for 6 days Mon, March 8, 2021 Mon, February 28, 2022 Mon, February 20, 2023
Cheesefare (Forgiveness) Sunday

Expulsion from Paradise

March 14, 2021 March 6, 2022 February 26, 2023
Great Lent begins - fast for 6 weeks Mon, March 15, 2021 Mon, March 7, 2022 Mon, February 27, 2023
Sunday of Orthodoxy

1st Sunday of Lent

March 21, 2021 March 13, 2022 March 5, 2023
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

2nd Sunday of Lent

March 28, 2021 March 20, 2022 March 12, 2023
Sunday of the Holy Cross

3rd Sunday of Lent

April 4, 2021 March 27, 2022 March 19, 2023
Sunday of St. John Climacus

4th Sunday of Lent

April 11, 2021 April 3, 2022 March 26, 2023
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

5th Sunday of Lent

April 18, 2021 April 10, 2022 April 2, 2023
Lazarus Saturday Sat, April 24, 2021 Sat, April 16, 2022 Sat, April 8, 2023
Palm Sunday April 25, 2021 April 17, 2022 April 9, 2023
Holy Week starts - fast all week Mon, April 26, 2021 Mon, April 18, 2022 Mon, April 10, 2023
Holy Thursday Thu, April 29, 2021 Thu, April 21, 2022 Thu, April 13, 2023
Holy Friday Fri, April 30, 2021 Fri, April 22, 2022 Fri, April 14, 2023
Holy Saturday Sat, May 1, 2021 Sat, April 23, 2022 Sat, April 15, 2023
Pascha - fast free week May 2, 2021 April 24, 2022 April 16, 2023
Sunday of St. Thomas

2nd Sunday of Pascha

May 9, 2021 May 1, 2022 April 23, 2023
Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women

3rd Sunday of Pascha

May 16, 2021 May 8, 2022 April 30, 2023
Sunday of the Paralytic

4th Sunday of Pascha

May 23, 2021 May 15, 2022 May 7, 2023
Midfeast of Pentecost Wed, May 26, 2021 Wed, May 18, 2022 Wed, May 10, 2023
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

5th Sunday of Pascha

May 30, 2021 May 22, 2022 May 14, 2023
Sunday of the Blind Man

6th Sunday of Pascha

June 6, 2021 May 29, 2022 May 21, 2023
Leavetaking of Pascha Wed, June 9, 2021 Wed, June 1, 2022 Wed, May 24, 2023
AscensionThursday June 10, 2021 June 2, 2022 May 25, 2023
Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

7th Sunday of Pascha

June 13, 2021 June 5, 2022 May 28, 2023
Pentecost Sunday - fast free week June 20, 2021 June 12, 2022 June 4, 2023
Day of the Holy Spirit Mon, June 21, 2021 Mon, June 13, 2022 Mon, June 5, 2023
Sunday of All Saints

1st Sunday after Pentecost

June 27, 2021 June 19, 2022 June 11, 2023
Apostles fast begins June 28, 2021

for 1 Days ( 14 Days OC)

June 20, 2022

for 9 Days ( 22 Days OC)

June 12, 2023

for 17 Days ( 30 Days OC)

All Saints of North America

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

July 4, 2021 June 26, 2022 June 18, 2023
Fathers of the First Six Councils July 18, 2021

(August 1, 2021)

July 17, 2022

(July 31, 2022)

July 16, 2023

(July 30, 2023)

Sunday before Elevation of the Cross September 12, 2021

(September 26, 2021)

September 11, 2022

(September 25, 2022)

September 10, 2023

(September 24, 2023)

Sunday after Elevation of the Cross

- Lukan Jump next day -

September 19, 2021

(October 3, 2021 )

September 18, 2022

(October 2, 2022 )

September 17, 2023

(October 1, 2023 )

Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council October 17, 2021

(October 24, 2021 )

October 16, 2022

(October 30, 2022 )

October 15, 2023

(October 29, 2023 )

2nd Sunday before Nativity December 12, 2021

(December 26, 2021)

December 11, 2022

(December 25, 2022)

December 17, 2023

(December 24, 2023)

Sunday before Nativity December 19, 2021

(January 2, 2022)

December 18, 2022

(January 1, 2023)

December 24, 2023

(December 31, 2023)

Sunday after Nativity December 26, 2021

(January 9, 2022 )

January 1, 2023

(January 8, 2023 )

December 31, 2023

(January 14, 2024 )

See also

Guidance on style

External links

Calendar use