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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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Sunday May 27, 2018 / May 14, 2018

Pentecost Trinity Sunday.

"Lesna" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1696) (movable holiday on the Trinity Sunday). Holy Fathers and Mothers of Atchara (18th c.) (movable holiday on the Trinity Sunday) (Georgia). Martyr Isidore of Chios (251). St. Isidore, fool-for-Christ, wonderworker of Rostov (1474). New Hieromartyr Peter priest (1939). Venerable Nicetas, bishop of Novgorod and recluse of the Kiev Caves (1108). Martyr Maximus, under Decius (250). Venerable Serapion the Sindonite, monk, of Egypt (542). St. Leontius, patriarch of Jerusalem (1175). Trebensk (1654) and Yaroslavl (Pechersk) Icons of the Mother of God (1823). New Martyr John-Raiko of Shumena, Bulgaria (1802)) (Greek). New Martyr Mark of Crete, at Smyrna (1643) (Greek). First opening of the relics (1846) of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (1783). St. Aprunculus, bishop of Clermont in Gaul (Gaul). Sts. Alexander, Barbarus, and Acolythus, martyred at the Church of Holy Peace by the Sea in Constantinople (Greek). St. Andrew, abbot of Raphael (Tobolsk) (1820).
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