Tag: Calendar

The Entrance of the Theotokos + November 21

On November 21st in the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins with lighted tapers in their hands, then the three-year-old Most-holy Virgin, led by her father and mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornments …

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Nativity Fast Begins on November 15

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November 15 is the beginning of the Nativity Fast, one of the four Canonical Fasting Seasons in the Church year. Many Orthodox Christian families will begin this journey to the Feast of the Nativity which is celebrated as ‘Christmas’ in the US and Canada, on December 25. This is a joyous Fast in anticipation of …

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Living the Church Calendar

THE CHURCH YEAR The annual cycle of Feasts and Fasts is an essential element of experiencing the Life of Christ in the Orthodox tradition. The following articles will help you to understand what the Church Year is and what it means to allow our lives to be shaped by the Church’s calendar and not the …

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