Orthodox Calendar Wednesday, March 20, 2013 / March 7, 2013 (Church Calendar)
First Week of the Great Lent. Tone eight.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)
The Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathodorus (4th c.).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1930).
New Hieromartyr Nilus, Virgin-martyrs Matrona, Mary, Eudocia, Ecaterina, Antonina, Nadezhda, Xenia, and Anna (1938).
Venerable Paul the Simple of Egypt, disciple of St. Anthony the Great (4th c.).
St. Paul the Confessor, bishop of Prusias in Bithynia (850).
Venerable Emilian of Rome.
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Surety of Sinners" in Korets (1622), Odrin (1843) and Moscow (1848).
Sts. Nestor and Arcadius, bishops of Tremithus (Greek).
Venerable Laurence, founder of the monastery of the Mother of God on Salamis (1707) (Greek).
St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch (546).
St. Dandus and all Saints of Thrace.
St. Eosterwine, abbot of Wearmount.
The Scripture Readings
Isaiah 2:3-11 (6th Hour)
Genesis 1:24-2:3 (Vespers, 1st Reading)
Proverbs 2:1-22 (Vespers, 2nd Reading)
The First Week of Great Lent, Kontakion, Tone VI —
My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing hear, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things.
The Hieromartyrs of Cherson —
No Troparion is given in the Menaion.
Kontakion, Tone II "He Who dwelleth in the highest" —
The radiant day of the pastors who were bishops in Cherson/ hath dawned with splendor./ We hymn the feast of those who suffered for the sheep of Christ./ O hieromartyrs, entreat Christ, the chief Shepherd,/ that He honor us with a place with the sheep on His right hand,/ that we may cry aloud to you:// Rejoice, O sacred fathers who shed your blood for Christ!
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