Orthodox Calendar Monday, December 31, 2012 / December 18, 2012 (Church Calendar)
31st Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Nativity (St. Philip's Fast). By Monastic Charter: Food without Oil
Martyr Sebastian at Rome and his companions: Martyrs Nicostratus, Zoe, Castorius, Tranquillinus, Marcellinus, Mark, Claudius, Symphorian, Victorinus, Tiburtius, and Castulus (287).
Martyr Victor (1936).
New Hieromartyr Thaddeus (Uspensky), archbishop of Tver (1937).
New Hieromartyrs Nicholas archbishop of Velikoustiuzh, James, John, Vladimir, and Nicholas priests (1937).
New Hieromartyr Sergius deacon and Virgin-martyr Vera (1942).
Venerable Sebastian, abbot of Poshekhonye Monastery (Vologda) (1500).
Glorification (1694) of Righteous Simeon, wonderworker of Verkhoturye (1642).
St. Modestus I, archbishop of Jerusalem (4th c.).
Venerable Florus, bishop of Amisus (7th c.).
Venerable Michael the Confessor at Constantinople (845).
Martyr Eubotius at Cyzicus (318).
Venerable Winnibald, abbot and missionary of England and Heidenheim (Germany) (761) (Celtic & British).
Hieromartyr Zaccheus the Deacon and St. Alpheus the Reader of Caesarea (Greek).
St. Gatianus, first bishop of Tours (3rd c.).
St. Sophia the Wonderworker (Greek).
The Scripture Readings
Hebrews 11:17-23, 27-31
Martyr Sebastian & Companions, Tone IV —
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save Thou our souls.
Konation of the martyrs, in Tone I —
A hand-wrought image ye would not worship, O thrice-blessed ones; but armed by the Indepictable Essence, ye were glorified in your ordeal by fire. Standing in the midst of the irresistible flame, ye called upon God: Speed Thou, O Compassionate One, and hasten, since Thou art merciful, to come unto our aid, for Thou art able, if it be Thy will.
Konation of the forefeast, in the same tone —
Rejoice, O Bethlehem! Ephratha, make ready! For behold, the ewe-lamb hasteneth to give birth to the Great Shepherd Whom she carrieth in her womb. And seeing Him, the Godbearing Fathers rejoice, and with the shepherds praise the virgin who giveth suck.
April 15 – Great and Holy Pascha
Fixed Great FeastsJanuary 7 – The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
January 19 – The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
February 15 – Meeting of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple
April 7 – The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mar
August 19 – The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ
August 28 – The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 21 – Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mar
September 27 – The Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
December 4 – Entry into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Movable Great FeastsApril 8 – Palm Sunday
May 24 – Holy Ascension
June 3 – Pentecost - Trinity Sunday
FeastsJanuary 14 – Circumcision of the Lord
July 7 – The Nativity of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John
July 12 – The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles: Peter and Paul
September 11 – The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist
October 14 – Protection of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
Fasting SeasonsFebruary 27 - April 14 – Great Lent
June 11 - July 11 – Apostles' (Peter & Paul) Fast
August 14 - August 28 – Dormition (Theotokos) Fast
November 28 - January 6 – Nativity (St. Philip's Fast)
Fast Days The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-Free Weeks
January 18 – Kreschensky sochelnik (The Eve of Theophany)
September 11 – The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 27 – The Elevation of the Cross
Traditional days of remembranceFebruary 18 – Meat-fare Saturday
March 10 – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 17 – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
March 24 – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
April 24 – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 2 – Trinity Saturday
November 3 – Demetrius Saturday
Fast-free WeeksJanuary 7 - January 17 – Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 5 - February 11 – Publican & Pharisee
February 19 - February 25 – Maslenitsa
April 15 - April 21 – Bright Week
June 3 - June 9 – Trinity Week