Orthodox Calendar Saturday, March 9, 2013 / February 24, 2013 (Church Calendar)
The Saturday of the Dead. Tone six.
First (4th c.) and Second (452) Findings of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist.
Venerable Erasmus of the Kiev Caves (1160).
Uncovering of the relics (1486) of St. Romanus, prince of Uglich.
Martyrs Montanus, Lucias, Julian, Victoricus, Flavian and their companions at Carthage (259).
St. Cummain Ailbe, abbot of Ilona (669) (Celtic & British).
The Scripture Readings
1 Corinthians 10:23-28
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (Departed)
Luke 21:8-9, 25-27, 33-36
John 5:24-30 (Departed)
Meatfare or Relative's Suturday, Troparion, Tone VIII —
O Thou Who with wisdom profound orderest all things with love, and Who givest to all what is needful, O only Creator, give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants, for on Thee they have set their hope, our Maker and Builder, and our God.
Kontakion. Tone VIII —
With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servants, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no sighing, but life everlasting.
1st. & 2nd Findings of the Precious Head of the Forerunner, Troparion, Tone IV —
The head of the Forerunner,/ which hath shone forth from the earth,/ doth shed rays of incorruption/ and healing upon the faithful./ On High it assembleth a multitude of angels,/ and below it calleth upon the human race// with one voice to send up glory to Christ God.
Kontakion, Tone II "Seeking the highest" —
O prophet of God and Forerunner of grace,/ having obtained thy head from the earth like a most sacred rose,/ we ever receive healings,// for again, as of old, thou dost preach repentance in the world.
May 5 – 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 28 – Palm Sunday
June 13 – Holy Ascension
June 23 – 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 SeasonsMarch 18 - May 4 – Great Lent
July 1 - 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 remembranceMarch 9 – Meat-fare Saturday
March 30 – 2-nd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 6 – 3-rd Saturday of the Great Lent
April 13 – 4-th Saturday of the Great Lent
May 14 – Radonitsa (Tuesday of the 2nd week of Pascha)
June 22 – Trinity Saturday
November 2 – Demetrius Saturday
Fast-free WeeksJanuary 7 - January 17 – Sviatki (Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve)
February 24 - March 2 – Publican & Pharisee
March 10 - March 16 – Maslenitsa
May 5 - May 11 – Bright Week
June 23 - June 29 – Trinity Week