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 2, 2022

(January 16, 2022)

January 1, 2023

(January 15, 2023)

December 31, 2023

(January 14, 2024)

Sunday after Theophany January 9, 2022

(January 23, 2022 )

January 8, 2023

(January 22, 2023 )

January 7, 2024

(January 21, 2024 )

Zacchaeus Sunday (Slavic Tradition) February 6, 2022 January 29, 2023 February 18, 2024
Publican & Pharisee Sunday - fast free week February 13, 2022 February 5, 2023 February 25, 2024
Sunday of the Prodigal Son February 20, 2022 February 12, 2023 March 3, 2024
Meat Fare Sunday (Sunday of Last Judgement) February 27, 2022 February 19, 2023 March 10, 2024
fast for 6 days Mon, February 28, 2022 Mon, February 20, 2023 Mon, March 11, 2024
Cheesefare (Forgiveness) Sunday

Expulsion from Paradise

March 6, 2022 February 26, 2023 March 17, 2024
Great Lent begins - fast for 6 weeks Mon, March 7, 2022 Mon, February 27, 2023 Mon, March 18, 2024
Sunday of Orthodoxy

1st Sunday of Lent

March 13, 2022 March 5, 2023 March 24, 2024
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

2nd Sunday of Lent

March 20, 2022 March 12, 2023 March 31, 2024
Sunday of the Holy Cross

3rd Sunday of Lent

March 27, 2022 March 19, 2023 April 7, 2024
Sunday of St. John Climacus

4th Sunday of Lent

April 3, 2022 March 26, 2023 April 14, 2024
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

5th Sunday of Lent

April 10, 2022 April 2, 2023 April 21, 2024
Lazarus Saturday Sat, April 16, 2022 Sat, April 8, 2023 Sat, April 27, 2024
Palm Sunday April 17, 2022 April 9, 2023 April 28, 2024
Holy Week starts - fast all week Mon, April 18, 2022 Mon, April 10, 2023 Mon, April 29, 2024
Holy Thursday Thu, April 21, 2022 Thu, April 13, 2023 Thu, May 2, 2024
Holy Friday Fri, April 22, 2022 Fri, April 14, 2023 Fri, May 3, 2024
Holy Saturday Sat, April 23, 2022 Sat, April 15, 2023 Sat, May 4, 2024
Pascha - fast free week April 24, 2022 April 16, 2023 May 5, 2024
Sunday of St. Thomas

2nd Sunday of Pascha

May 1, 2022 April 23, 2023 May 12, 2024
Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women

3rd Sunday of Pascha

May 8, 2022 April 30, 2023 May 19, 2024
Sunday of the Paralytic

4th Sunday of Pascha

May 15, 2022 May 7, 2023 May 26, 2024
Midfeast of Pentecost Wed, May 18, 2022 Wed, May 10, 2023 Wed, May 29, 2024
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

5th Sunday of Pascha

May 22, 2022 May 14, 2023 June 2, 2024
Sunday of the Blind Man

6th Sunday of Pascha

May 29, 2022 May 21, 2023 June 9, 2024
Leavetaking of Pascha Wed, June 1, 2022 Wed, May 24, 2023 Wed, June 12, 2024
AscensionThursday June 2, 2022 May 25, 2023 June 13, 2024
Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

7th Sunday of Pascha

June 5, 2022 May 28, 2023 June 16, 2024
Pentecost Sunday - fast free week June 12, 2022 June 4, 2023 June 23, 2024
Day of the Holy Spirit Mon, June 13, 2022 Mon, June 5, 2023 Mon, June 24, 2024
Sunday of All Saints

1st Sunday after Pentecost

June 19, 2022 June 11, 2023 June 30, 2024
Apostles fast begins June 20, 2022

for 9 Days ( 22 Days OC)

June 12, 2023

for 17 Days ( 30 Days OC)

July 1, 2024

for no fast Days ( 11 Days OC)

All Saints of North America

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

June 26, 2022 June 18, 2023 July 7, 2024
Fathers of the First Six Councils July 17, 2022

(July 31, 2022)

July 16, 2023

(July 30, 2023)

July 14, 2024

(July 28, 2024)

Sunday before Elevation of the Cross September 11, 2022

(September 25, 2022)

September 10, 2023

(September 24, 2023)

September 8, 2024

(September 22, 2024)

Sunday after Elevation of the Cross

- Lukan Jump next day -

September 18, 2022

(October 2, 2022 )

September 17, 2023

(October 1, 2023 )

September 15, 2024

(September 29, 2024 )

Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council October 16, 2022

(October 30, 2022 )

October 15, 2023

(October 29, 2023 )

October 13, 2024

(October 27, 2024 )

2nd Sunday before Nativity December 11, 2022

(December 25, 2022)

December 17, 2023

(December 24, 2023)

December 15, 2024

(December 29, 2024)

Sunday before Nativity December 18, 2022

(January 1, 2023)

December 24, 2023

(December 31, 2023)

December 22, 2024

(January 5, 2025)

Sunday after Nativity January 1, 2023

(January 8, 2023 )

December 31, 2023

(January 14, 2024 )

December 29, 2024

(January 12, 2025 )

See also

Guidance on style

External links

Calendar use