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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 January 21, 2019 / January 8, 2019

35th Week after Pentecost. Tone one.

St. George the Chozebite, abbot (7th c.) and St. Emilian Bishop of Cyzicus (9th c.). Venerable Domnica of Constantinople (395). Venerable Gregory, wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (1093). Venerable Gregory, hermit of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). Hieromartyr Isidore and 72 companions at Yuriev (Dorpats) in Estonia, slain by the Latins in 1472. New Hieromartyr Victor priest (1937). New Hieromartyrs Demetrius, Vladimir priests, Paphnutius, Martyr Michael (1938). New Hieromartyr Basil priest (1939). Martyr John (1940). St. Michael confessor, priest (1941). Venerable Paisius of Uglich (1504). Hieromartyr Carterius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304). Martyrs Theophilus the Deacon and Helladius in Libya (4th c.). Martyrs Julian and his wife Basilissa, and with them Marcionilla and her son Celsus, Anthony, Anastasius, seven children, and twenty soldiers, at Antinoe in Egypt (313). Venerable Elias the Hermit of Egypt (4th c.). Martyr Abo the Perfumer of Baghdad, who suffered at Tbilisi, Georgia (786) (Georgia). Sts. Atticus (425) and Cyrus (714), patriarchs of Constantinople. Venerable Agatho of Egypt, monk (4th c.) Holy Virgin Gudula of Brussels (659) (Celtic & British). St. Gregory of Ochrid, bishop of Moesia (1012) (Bulgaria). St. Severinus, apostle of Noricum, Austria (482). St. Theodore of Constantinople (595). St. Erhard, bishop of Regensburg (Bavaria) (700). St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (9th c.). St. Macarius (Macres) of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos (1431). St. Severin, bishop of Cologne (397). St. Nathalan of Aberdeenshire. St. Pega, hermitess, of Peakirk. St. Wulsin, bishop of Sherborne.
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