Orthodox Calendar Saturday, March 30, 2013 / March 17, 2013 (Church Calendar)
Second Saturday of the Great Lent. Tone one.
Great Lent. Food with Oil
Parents’ Saturday. Remembrance of the dead.
Venerable Alexis the Man of God, in Rome (411).
Venerable Macarius, abbot of Kalyazin (1483).
New Hieromartyr Alexander priest (1919).
New Hieromartyr Victor priest (1942).
Martyr Marinus, soldier, at Caesarea in Palestine (260).
Venerable Patrick, enlightener of Ireland (451) (Celtic & British).
Monk-martyr Paul of Crete (767).
St. Withburga, solitary at Holkham and East Dereham (ca. 743) (Celtic & British).
St. Ambrose, deacon, and disciple of St. Didymus the Blind of Alexandria (400).
St. Gertrude, abbess of Nijvel (659) (Neth.).
St. Theosterictus the Confessor, abbot of Pelecete Monastery near Prusa (826).
Venerable Hieromartyr Gabriel the Lesser of Garesja (1802) (Georgia).
St. Beccan of Rhum (677) (Celtic & British).
The Scripture Readings
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (Departed)
John 5:24-30 (Departed)
St. Alexis, the Man of God, Troparion, Tone IV —
Having mounted to virtue and cleansed thy mind,/ thu didst attain unto that which was thine ultimate desire;/ and having adorned the life with dispassion/ and taken up exemplary fasting with a pure conscience,/ remaining in prayer like one of the bodiless ones,/ thou didst shine upon the world like the sun,// O most blessed Alexis.
Kontakion, Tone II —
Having the house of thy parents as a foreign land,/ thou didst dwell therein in the guise of a pauper;/ and receiving after thy repose a crown of glory,/ thou wast revealed as wondrous on earth,// O Alexis, Man of God, thou joy of angels and men!
St. Patrick, enlightener of Ireland, Troparion, in Tone III —
O holy hierarch Patrick, wonderworker equal to the apostles, enlightener of the Irish land: entreat the merciful God, that He grant our souls remission of transgressions!
Kontakion, in Tone IV —
Thou wast shown to be a true fisher of men, for, spreading out the nets of the good news of the Gospel, thou didst draw the heathen into the kingdom of Christ, enlightening with baptism them that languish in the darkness of idolatry, and making them children of the living God. Wherefore, we beseech thee, O holy hierarch Patrick our father: intercede in behalf of us that honor thy holy memory.
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