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Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ Cycle

Cycle Preparing Preparing
Fasting
Royal
Hours
of
Paramony
Morning
Feast
Nativity
Vespers
Div. Lit.
24th
Evening
Div. Lit.
25th
Morning
Divine
Liurgy
Changable
Prayers
Homily Celebrating

 

Cycle Preparing
Cycle
Fast 2nd
Sun.
bef.
Sun.
bef.
Prep-
aring
2 Day
Prep.
3 Day
Prep.
4 Day
Prep.
Royal
Hours
of
Paramony
Morning
Feast
Nativ-
ity
Ves-
pers
Div.
Lit.
24th
Evening
Div.
Lit.
25th
Mornng
Divine
Liurgy
Changable
Prayers
Homily Celebra-
ting
Cycle
2nd
Day
Syn-
axis
Theo-
tokos
3 Day
Cel.
4 Day
Cel.
5 Day
Cel.
6 Day
Cel.
Leave
taking
7 Day
Cel.
Sat.
after
Sun.
aft.

 

Theology
Fasting
Definition
Fasting
Periods
Fasting
Nativity
Fasting
Prophonisimon
Fasting
Great Lent
Great Week
Theology
Fasting
Great Lent
Great Week
Guidelines
Fasting
Our Lady's
Fasting
Apostles
Fasting
Holy Theophany
Fasting
Exaltation
Holy Cross
Fasting
People
Excused
from
Fasting

 

Cycle Preparing and Celebrating Preparing (Fasting, Praying, and Performing Charity) Fasting Praying Performing Charity Feasting (Celebrating)

Preparating - 40 Days

Fast TraditionalFast Modern
1st Day40th Day1st Day15th Day
15 Nov.24 Dec.10 Dec.24 Dec.

Celebrating - 40 Days

Feast
Nativity
Feast
Circumcision
Feast
Hypapanty
1st Day8th Day40th Day
25 Dec.1 Jan.2 Feb.

 

 

Fasting and Feasting Period
ActionNameTime
FastPre-Nativity Fast
40-days
Traditional
Begins at the beginning of the Vespers
of 15 November
on 14 November evening
Ends just before Vespers
of Great Feast of the Nativity
According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ
(25 December)
on 24 December evening
Shorter number of days
Modern
Begins at the beginning of the Vespers
of 10 December
on 9 December evening
Ends just before Vespers
of Great Feast of the Nativity
According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December)
on 24 December evening
FeastGreat Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ40-days
Begins at the beginning of Vespers of Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December) on 24 December evening
Ends just before Vespers on the Great Feast of Holy Hypapanty of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Great Feast of the Purification of The Theotokos (2 February) on 1 February evening
1-day of fasting in this period
The Paramony of The Great Feast of Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Preparation
DayCommemorateDateDay of
Prepar-
ation
ApostolosGospel
Feast
St. Philip
Apostle
St. Philip
Apostle
14
Nov.
 Acts
8:26-39
Jn.
1:43-51
Pre-Nativity
Fast
Ancient

Begins
Philip FastBegins
15
Nov.
11 Tim.
4:4-8,
16
Lk.
16:15-18
17:1-4
Conception
Anne
Maternity
Anne
9 Dec.25Gal.
4:22-27
Lk.8:16-21
Pre-Nativity
Fast
Modern

Begins
Philip FastBegins
10
Dec.
26 - 1Heb.
9:8-23
Mk.
8:22-26
Second
Sunday
before
Nativity
Sunday
Forefathers
Between
11 and 17
 Col.
3:4-11
Lk.
14:16-24
Sunday
before
Nativity
Sunday
Genealogy
Between
18 and 24
 Heb.
11:9-10
32-40
Mt.
1:1-25
Preparation
Nativity
Holy
Hieromartyr
Ignatios,
God-Bearer
2036 - 11James
2:1-13
Mk.
10:23b-32a
Second Day
Preparation
Holy Martyr
Juliana
Nicomedia
2137 - 12Gal.
3:8-11
Lk.
13:19-29
Third Day
Preparation
Holy
Great Martyr
Anastasia
2238 - 13Gal.
3:8-11
Lk.
13:19-29
Fourth Day
Preparation
Ten Holy
Great Martyrs
Crete
2339 - 14James
2:14-26
Mk.
10:46-52
Paramony
Royal Hours
 2440 - 15ManyMany
Paramony
Nativity
Holy Woman
Martyr
Eugenia
2440 - 15Heb.
1:1-12
Lk.
2:1-20
Pre-Nativity
Fast

Ends
Philip FastEnds
just
before
Vespers
on 24
December
evening
40 - 15  

 

Celebration
DayCommemorateDateDay of
Cele-
bration
ApostolosGospel
Nativity
24
Evening
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
24 pm1Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Nativity
25
Morning
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
25 am1Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Second Day
Celebration
Synaxis of
The Theotokos

Holy
Hieromartyr
Euthymius,
Archbishop
Sardica
262Heb.
2:11-18
Mt.
2:13-23
Saturday
after
Nativity
 Between
26 and 31
 1 Tim.
6:11b-16
Mt.
12:15a-21
Sunday
after
Nativity
Holy and
Just Man
Joseph,
spouse
Theotokos;

James,
brother
Lord;

David,
King
and Prophet
Between
26 and 31
 Gal.
1:11-19
Mt.
2:13-23
Third Day
Celebration
Protomartyer
and
Archdeacon
Stephen;

Holy
Father
Theodore
Confessor
273Acts
6:8-7:5a,
47-50
Mt.
21:33-42
Fourth Day
Celebration
Holy Martyrs
Nicomedia
284James
3:1-10
Mk.
11:11-23
Fifth Day
Celebration
Holy Innocents;

our Holy Father
Marcellus,
Abbot
Monastery
Acemetes
2951 Tim.
6:11b-16
Mt.
12:15a-21
Sixth Day
Celebration
Holy Martyr
Anysia;

Holy Zoticus,
Feeder
Orphans
306Heb.
2:2-10
Jn.
5:17-24
Leave
taking
Venerable
Melany/Melania
Roman
317Acts.
19:1-18
Jn.
5:24-30
CircumcisionJesus
Christ's

Circum-
cision.
1 Jan.8Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21
40-52
Paramony
Theophany
Holy Martyrs
Theopemptus
and theonas;

our Venerable
Mother
Syncletica
5 Jan.121 Tim.
3:13-4:5
1 Cor.
9:16-27
Mt.
3:1-6
Lk:3:1-18
Holy TheophanyJesus
Christ's

baptism
6 Jan.13Gal.
4:4-7
Titus
2:11-14
3:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Mt.
3:13-17
Second Day
Celebration
Synaxis of
Prophet and
Glorious
Forerunner
John the
Baptist
7 Jan.14Acts
19:1-8
Jn.
1:29-34
Preparation
Holy
Hypapanty
Holy Martyr
Tryphon
1 Feb.39Rom.
8:23-39
Lk.
10:19-21
Holy
Hypapanty

40th Day
Celebration
Nativity
Jesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.
2 Feb.40Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40

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