Feasts of the Church

The Antiochian Orthodox Church follows the Revised Julian calendar.

The Church year begins on September the 1st and the ecclesiastical year  is marked  by many Feasts.

The greatest of all of these is The Feast of the Resurrection of Christ more usually called Pascha or Easter. The formula for determining  the date on which Pascha is celebrated in any given  year was defined by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

 In addition there are 12 other feasts of great importance to the Church, called the Twelve Great Feasts,  Ten of these occur on fixed dates according to the calendar whilst the other two are  movable. The date of the movable Feasts in any given year is based upon the date of Pascha for that year  and the relationship of the event  commemorated to that of  Resurrection of Christ as recorded in the New Testament. 

Individual parishes usually have special celebrations on the feast days of their Patron Saint or the festival for which they were named.

To learn more about the Great Feasts of the Church follow the links below


The Feast of the Resurrection of Christ

Preceded by Triodian, Great Lent and Holy Week

        Pascha (Easter)

The Twelve Great Feasts of the Church       

       The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary -  8th of September

       Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross - 14th of September

       Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple - 21st of November

       The Nativity of Christ - 25th of December

       Theophany - 6th of January - 6th of January

      The Presentation of Christ at the Temple - 2nd of February

      The Annunciation - 25th of March
 
      Palm Sunday

      The Ascension of Christ

      Pentecost

      The Transfiguration -  6th of August

      The Dormition of the Theotokos - 15th of August

      Various Other Feasts
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