Liturgical Calendar and Feast Days
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The Liturgical Year is an annual cycle of seasons and feasts that celebrates the Paschal Mystery, especially focusing on Christ's Death and Resurrection (Easter Cycle), and Birth (Christmas Cycle). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "In the Liturgical Year the various aspects of the one Paschal mystery unfold. This is also the case with the cycle of feasts surrounding the mystery of the incarnation (Annunciation, Christmas, Epiphany). They commemorate the beginning of our salvation and communicate to us the first fruits of the Paschal mystery." (CCC 1171)

The celebration of the Liturgical Year is meant to draw the Catholic faithful into the Mystery of Christ, helping them to experience His divine life more fully and deeply. This includes remembering and celebrating the lives of the saints, especially Mary, the Mother of God: "By keeping the memorials of the saints - first of all the holy Mother of God, then the apostles, the martyrs, and other saints - on fixed days of the Liturgical Year, the Church on earth shows that she is united with the liturgy of heaven. She gives glory to Christ for having accomplished his salvation in his glorified members; their example encourages her on her way to the Father." (CCC 1195)

The Western and Eastern rites of the Catholic Church hold the major feast days and seasons in common, but differ on many of the solemnities and feasts. Below are the most important feast days, plus some of the feasts unique to the Eastern Catholic Churches.



2020-2021 Liturgical and Feast Days

* - denotes Holy Day of Obligation



In the Season of Pentecost
Sept. 1:    The Beginning of the Church Year
Sept. 7:    Labor Day (USA)
Sept. 8:    Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
Sept. 14:  Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross
Oct. 1:      Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God
Oct. 11:    Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

Nov. 8:     Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers


Preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord
Nov. 15:    Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
Nov. 21:   The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
Nov. 26:   Thanksgiving Day (USA)
Dec. 6:     St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
Dec. 8:     Conception by Anne of the Most Holy Mother of God (Immaculate Conception)
Dec. 12:   Our Lady of Guadalupe


Season of the Christmas cycle
*Dec. 25:  The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ Holy Day of Obligation
Dec. 26:    Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
Jan. 1:      Circumcision of Our Lord and the Memory of St. Basil the Great
*Jan. 6:    Theophany (Baptism) of Our Lord Holy Day of Obligation


Pre-Paschal Season
Jan. 17:    Sunday of Zacchaeus
Jan. 18:    Martin Luther King Day (USA)
Jan. 24:    Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
Jan. 30:    Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great,

                     Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom
Jan. 31:    Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Feb. 2:      Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple
Feb. 6:      First All-Souls Saturday
Feb. 7:      Sunday of Meat-Fare
Feb. 14:    Sunday of Cheese-Fare


The Great Fast
Feb. 15:     First Day of the Great Fast
Feb. 21:     First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
Feb. 27:     Second All-Souls Saturday
Feb. 28:     Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 6:    Third All-Souls Saturday
March 7:    Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Holy Cross)
March 13:  Fourth All-Souls Saturday
March 14:  Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 20:  Akathistos Saturday
March 21:  Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
March 25:  Annunciation to the Mother of God

Holy Week
March 27: Saturday of Lazarus
March 28: Palm (Flowery) Sunday
March 29: Great and Holy Monday
March 30: Great and Holy Tuesday
March 31: Great and Holy Wednesday
April 1:      Great and Holy Thursday
April 2:      Great and Holy Friday
April 3:      Great and Holy Saturday
April 4:      Pascha (Easter Sunday)

Paschal Season
Apr 4-11:    Bright Week
April 11:      Second Sunday of Pascha (Thomas Sunday)
April 18:     Third Sunday of Pascha (Ointment-Bearing Women)
April 25:     Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic)
May 2:       Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Woman)
May 9:       Sixth Sunday Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 11:     Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius
May 13:     Ascension of Our Lord, Thursday (40 days after Easter)   Holy Day of Obligation
May 16:     Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Fathers of the First Council)
May 22:     Fifth All-Souls Saturday


Season of Pentecost
May 23:      Feast of Pentecost Sunday (50 days after Easter)
May 24:      Feast of the Holy Trinity
May 30:      Sunday of All Saints
May 31:      Memorial Day (USA)
May 30 - June 28:     The Apostles' Fast
June 24:     The Birth of John the Baptist
*June 29:    Feast of SS Peter and Paul, Apostles   Holy Day of Obligation
July 4:         Independence Day (USA)
July 18:       Sunday of the Fathers of the First 6 Ecumenical Councils
July 20:       Elijah Great Prophet (the Holy Prophet Elias)
Aug. 1-14:   Dormition Fast
August 6:    Transfiguration of Our Lord
*Aug. 15:     Dormition of the Mother of God   Holy Day of Obligation
August 29:   Beheading of John the Baptist