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  1. FEASTS & FASTS LITURGICAL YEAR IN THE BYZANTINE CHURCHES

  2. Feasts Pascha The 12 Great Feasts Lesser Feasts

  3. Ranks of Feasts • Feasts of the Lord • Feasts of the Theotokos • Vigil Rank Feasts for a Saint • Polyeleos Rank Saint Feasts • Doxology Saint Feasts • Feast of Saint with 6 Stikhera Commemorations • Simple Commemorations of Saint

  4. The 12 Great Feasts 1. Nativity of the Theotokos: September 8 2. Exaltation of the Cross: September 14 3. Presentation of the Theotokos: November 21 4. the Nativity of Christ: December 25 (aka: Christmas) 5. Theophany: January 6 (the Baptism of Christ ) 6. Meeting of the Lord: February 2 (aka the Presentation) 7. Annunciation: March 25 8. the Entry into Jerusalem ( (aka: Flower/Willow/Palm Sunday) 9. Ascension of the Lord - (40 Days after Pascha) 10. Trinity Sunday (50 Days after Pascha) – aka Pentecost 11. Transfiguration: August 6 12. Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos: Aug 15

  5. Fasts: 4 St. Philip’s Fast: 40 days before Christmas long but relatively easy The Great Fast The Apostle’s Fast: Easy & can be short After All Saints Sunday to Ss. Peter/Paul) Dormition Fast: August 1-14 short but strict

  6. The Great Fast: 3 parts the Great Week Feast (week before Pascha) oldest part & the shortest the 40 Days Fast Clean Monday to before Lazarus Saturday 40 days including Sundays Origin: Catechumens preparing for Baptism “Prophonisimon”, Herald of the Fast: Fasting to prepare for Fasting: Psychologically and Physically: (warm up)

  7. Penitential Practice • Prayer • Fasting • Helping the Poor