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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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Wednesday July 18, 2018 / July 5, 2018

8th Week after Pentecost. Tone six.
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Venerable Athanasius of Mt. Athos (1003) and his six disciples. Uncovering of the relics (1422) of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1392). New Hieromartyr Gennadius priest, Martyrdom of St. Elizabeth Romanov and Nun Barbara (1918). Venerable Agapitus, confessor (1936). Martyr Anna at Rome (304). Martyr Cyrilla of Cyrene in Libya, a widow . Venerable Lampadus, monk, of Hirenopolis (10th c.). Icon of the Mother of God "Economissa". New Martyr Cyprian of Koutloumousiou Monastery, Mt. Athos (1679) (Greek). New Martyrs Grand Dukes Sergius Mikhailovitch, Princes John Constantinovich, Constantine, Igor Constantinovich and Vladimir. St. Morwenna, patroness of Morwenstow (England) (6th c.) (Celtic & British). Synaxis of 23 Saints of Lesbos (Greek). Hieromartyr Stephen, bishop of Rhegium, disciple of the Apostle Paul, and with him Bishop Suerus and the women Agnes, Felicitas, and Perpetua (1st c.). Martyr Athanasius, deacon of Jerusalem (451).
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