08 Feasts & Fast Dates


Divine Services for Great Week & Holy Paskha:  2018 March 27 to 31:

Great Tuesday:  The Holy Mystery of Anointing                                                    7:00 pm

–Holy Oil Anointing for Healing of the Body, Forgiveness of Sins, & Preparation for Pascha.


 Great Thursday:  Matins of the 12 Passion Gospels (“Strasti”)                      7:00 pm 

–Jesus is arrested, interrogated, tortured, crucified, and killed.


Great Friday: Confessions (the Holy Mystery of Repentance) & Royal Hours     11:00 am


Great Friday: Jerusalem Matins & Procession                                                      7:00 pm

–the Holy Theotokos & the Myrrhbearing Women (+Nicodemus & Joseph of Arimathea)

–at the Tomb, mourn Jesus, prepare His Holy Body for Burial,

–Procession and entry into the Tomb of Christ:  the Funeral and Graveside Service         


Great Saturday: Holy Sabbath Service with O.T. Readings                               3:00 pm

Jesus lies in the Tomb dead in the flesh; Women come to the tomb & discover it empty!

Vespers & Old Testament Resurrection Prophesies. Colours change from dark to bright.


The Holy Paskha: Saturday night: (English) Resurrection Service                 10:30 pm





All Souls Parastas (Wednesday 07 February)                                                        7:00 pm

Moleben for the Sick: Praying for Theresa et al. 08 February                        7:00 pm



Forgiveness Vespers (Beginning of the Forty Day Fast) 11 February                7:00 pm

Clean Tuesday: Mini Great Kanon Part 1: 13 February                                        7:00 pm

Clean Wednesday: Liturgy of Pope St Gregory: 14 February                             7:00 pm

Clean Thursday: Mini Great Kanon Part 2: 15 February                                      7:00 pm

Clean Friday: Liturgy of Pope Gregory: 16 February                                           7:00 pm


every Wednesday & Friday of the Great Fast:  Liturgy of Pope St. Gregory      7:00 pm                          (except 2018 Wednesday 21 February – No Service)
(Wednesday & Friday Services resume semi-weekly on Friday 23 February 7:00 pm)


The Great Kanon – this year: Wednesday 14 March                                       7:00 pm             of St. Andrew; including the reading of the Life of St Mary of Egypt:                                         –Great Fast Week 5, Wed [before the 5th Sunday of the Great Fast]





Save the Date & Mark your Calendars:


The 12 Great Feasts:


(usually Festal Vespers on the night before & Festal Matins on the night of) 

September 8th & 7th:     The Nativity of the Most-Holy Theotokos

September 14 & 13th:  The Universal Elevation of the Life-Creating Cross

November 21 & 22:  The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

December 25 & 24:  The Nativity of Our Lord God & Saviour Jesus Christ

January 5th:  The Theophany of Our Lord God and Savioir Jesus Christ

the Festal Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great!

13 Old Testament Readings during Vespers alone!

February 1st & 2d:  The Meeting of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

March 24 & 25th:  The Annunciation to the Most-Holy Theotokos

Sunday before Pascha:  The Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem

40 Days after Pascha & Eve:  Ascension of Our Lord & Saviour

–falls on the Wed. & Thurs.  after the 6th Sunday of Pascha (Man born Blind)

50 Days after Pascha & Eve:  Trinity Sunday: (Descent of the Holy Spirit)

August 5 & 6th:  The Transfiguration of Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ

August 14th:  Eve of the Falling-asleep of the Most-Holy Theotokos

–Hierarchical Divine Liturgy is usually served on the Saturday



The Great Fast (part II): the Forty-Day Fast:

–the 1st Week of the Gt Fast (Clean Week):

Forgiveness Sunday evening (aka “CheeseFare “):  Forgiveness Vespers

Clean Tuesday evening: Mini-Great Kanon part 1

Clean Thursday evening: Mini-Great Kanon part 2

Wednesdays & Fridays of the Great Fast:  Liturgy of Pope St. Gregory


The Great Kanon: of St. Andrew; including the reading of the Life of St Mary of Egypt:

–Great Fast Week 5, Wed [before the 5th Sunday of the Great Fast]



Great Week (part III of the Great Fast) and Pascha:

Great Wednesday:  the Holy Mystery of Anointing

Great Thursday: the Passion Service

Great Friday: Jerusalem Matins

Great Saturday: Great Saturday Vespers (& 19 Bible Readings)

Pascha!!!!  We usually start at 10pm Saturday night.

Mid-Pascha Vespers (aka Mid-Pentecost)

–Wed evening 25 days after Pascha

–Wed. after the 4th Sunday of Pascha, the Paralytic


All Souls Saturdays:  Memorial Services (usu. served on Fri. evenings)[1]

1: The Saturday of Meatfare Week (the second Saturday before the 40-Day Fast)

—the day before the Sunday of the Last Judgement

2: Radonytsa (Tues. after Thomas Sunday, the Sunday after Pascha)

3: The Saturday before Trinity Sunday (49th day after Pascha)

4: Demetrius Saturday (Saturday before the St Demetrius feast. Oct 26)


[1] There are also All Souls days, but not yet serve them here in Richmond (just fyi):
The second Saturday of the Great Fast

The third Saturday of the Great Fast

The fourth Saturday of the Great Fast


St Philip’s Fast: 15 Nov – 24 Dec.

–To Prepare for the “Winter Pascha”: viz. Theophany & Nativity

–40 days before Christmas, we enter St. Phillip’s Fast

(after the Feast of St Philip 15 Nov, hence the name)

–begins gently & becomes more serious after the Feast of St Nicholas (06 Dec.)

–at RE, we usually Serve the Moleben to Immanuel during a weeknight.



The Apostles Fast:

–to prepare us for the Feast of the Apostles.

(from Monday after All Saints – Eve of the Feasts of Ss. Peter & Paul)

–because this Fast period begins after All Saints & All Saints depends on when Pascha falls, there is not hard beginning date

–but Ss. Peter & Paul falls always on 29 June.

–so some years, the Apostles Fast is longer and some shorter (some VERY short)

–it is the least rigorous of the Fasts


The Dormition Fast: (01-14 August)

–2 weeks before the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos



Occasional Feast Days where Divine Services may be held:


June 29, Ss. Peter & Paul: Divine Service usually on the eve.


July 20: St Elijah


June 24 – Birth of St. John the Forerunner

August 29 – The Beheading of St. John the Forerunner