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Twelve Great Feasts are the twelve most important holidays established in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of the Blessed Virgin. Depending on the issue to whom the holiday is dedicated Twelve great holidays are called the Manor (or The Lord God holiday) or Marian. Twelve great feasts are divided on “passing date” of the celebration holidays ( depends on the date of Easter), and nonpassing date holidays, which always are celebrated in the same day of the year.

Church liturgical year begins in September. Annual cycle of twelve great feasts, from the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and ending with her Assumption, reflects all the stages of life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation. Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross stresses the relationship of Jesus Christ as the head of the Church founded by Him (see Col.1: 18).

Easter, as the "feast of feasts", not one of the twelve great feasts.


 

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Monday February 19, 2018 / February 6, 2018

Beginning of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter - Full abstention from food

Clean Monday. Venerable Bucolus, bishop of Smyrna (ca. 100). New Hieromartyrs Demetrius priest and Martyr Anatolius (1921). New Hieromartyr Basil priest (1930). New Hieromartyr Priest Basil Nadezhnin of Moscow, (1937). New Hieromartyr Alexanderpriest (1938). Venerables Barsanuphius the Great and John the Prophet, monks of Palestine (6th c.). St. Photius, patriarch of Constantinople (891). Virgin-martyr Dorothea, and with her Martyrs Christina and Callista, sisters, and Theophilus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (288-300). Martyr Julian of Emesa (312). Virgin-martyr Fausta, and with her Martyrs Evilasius and Maximus, at Cyzicus (ca. 305-311). Virgin-martyrs Martha and Mary, and their brother Martyr Lycarion, in Egypt. Venerable Dorothea, schemanun of Kashin (1629). St. Mael, bishop of Ardagh, disciple of St. Patrick (488) (Celtic & British). Martyrs Faustus, Basil and Silvanus of Darion in Constantinople (Greek). Venerable John of Thebes, monk (Greek). St. James, ascetic of Syria (ca. 460). St. Vedast, bishop of Arras (540). St. Amand, apostle of Maastricht (675) (Neth.). St. Arsen of Iqalto, Georgia (1127).
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