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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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Feast of the Elevation of the Cross + September 14

Let all the trees of the wood, planted from the beginning of time, rejoice; for their nature hath been sanctified by the stretching of Christ on the Tree. Wherefore, now, we worship Him, lifted up, and magnify Him. +Canon of the Feast, Ninth Ode, Tone 8 O Lord, save Your people, and bless You inheritance. …

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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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