In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus, called Pascha (Easter), is the greatest of all holy days and as such it is called the "feast of feasts". Immediately below it in importance, there is a group of Twelve Great Feasts (Greek: Δωδεκάορτον). Together with Pascha, these are the most significant dates on the Orthodox liturgical calendar. Eight of the great feasts are in honor of Jesus Christ, while the other four are dedicated to the Virgin Mary - the Theotokos.
Sticherion of the Feast. Ural Choir, Vladislav Novik. 3. Hymn to the Virgin "Honour, my soul, the glorious Nativity". 4. I shall receive the chalice of salvation.
From the 15th November of every year, the Orthodox Churches commence the ‘Christmas fast. This fast is also known as the ‘fast of St Philip’ because it is immediately preceded by the feast day of this apostle. This time of preparation also corresponds to the Roman Advent. In reflecting upon the introduction of the feast day of Christmas into the liturgical calendar, the first claim would be that the reason why 25th December was chosen for the celebration of Christ’s birth is not that this is the actual day in which this historical birth took place. Rather there are two reasons why this day was chosen.
Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar. The Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Calendar describes and dictates the rhythm of the life of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Passages of Holy Scripture, saints and events for commemoration are associated with each date, as are many times special rules for fasting or feasting that correspond to the day of the week or time of year in relationship to the major feast days.
The Great Feasts (major feasts) of the Orthodox Church are the major celebrations throughout the liturgical year. While various saints and events are celebrated with significance on the local level, the entire Church celebrates together thirteen feasts above all the rest, Pascha and the Twelve Great Feasts. The feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, called Pascha (Easter), is the greatest of the feasts of the Orthodox Church
Classes (Ranks) of Feasts and the Liturgical Celebration Accorded Them With Particular Attention to the Celebration of Vespers Contents of this page: A. Table of the different ranks (classes) of feasts B. Additional notes about th. B. Additional notes about the various ranks or classes of feasts. I. Great Feasts - besides the Twelve Great Feasts and all the Sundays of the year, this rank includes the Circumcision of our Lord (Jan. 1), the Birth (June 24) and Beheading (Aug. 29) of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner, and Saints Peter and Paul (June 29). Denoted in the typikon by the red symbol of a cross enclosed in a circle. II. Vigil Feasts - this rank includes the feasts of a relatively small number of saints, among them: St. John the Theologian (his repose, Sept. 26), the Three Holy Hierarchs (Jan. 30), St. Nicholas.
MAJOR HOLY DAYS ~ in Ethiopian Orthodox Church Liturgical Calendar. Some dates are variable depending on date which Siklet/Easter falls on that year. GREAT LENT/Hudadi /ABYE TSOME (Fast of fifty-five days) 04 MARCH - 27 APRIL 2019 (24 Feb. to 19 April 2020). The priest rarely grants dispensations. The person who ignores or neglects any injunction of the church is not considered good Christian.
The Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Calendar describes and dictates the rhythm of the life of the Eastern Orthodox Church. There are two types of feasts in the Orthodox Church calendar: fixed and movable. Fixed feasts occur on the same calendar day every year, whereas movable feasts change each year