January 1

New Year’s Day, Circumcision of our Lord, Memory of St. Basil and St. Gregory.

January 6

Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ

Description

This festival is called Danaha in Syriac meaning ‘Dawn’. Also called Epiphany or Theophany.

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

Blessing of the Water

January-7

Beheading of St. John the Baptist

January 8

Feast of St. Stephen

January 14

Second Sunday after Baptism of our Lord

January 21

Third Sunday after Baptism of our Lord

January 22

Monday of Three days Lent

Description

The three day lent is a lent of attrition and repentance commemorating the repentance of the people Nineveh at the preaching of Prophet Jonah. This lent starts three weeks before the start of the Great Lent.

Evening

Morning

January 25

Thursday/The end of Three days Lent

January 28

February 2

Mayaltho (Entry of our Lord into the temple)

Description

February 2nd is celebrated as the day when infant Jesus was presented in the temple. Also called the day of the Old Aged. Memory of St. Simon and St. Hanna.

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

February 3

All Departed Holy Fathers

February 11

First Sunday of 50 days Lent (Kothine Sunday – Pethrutha of the Great Lent)

Description

The Great Lent starts by commemorating the first miracle performed by Jesus i.e. turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee. The Gospel reading for each Sunday of the Great Lent is about a miracle performed by Jesus.

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

February 18

Second Sunday of Fifty days Lent (Lepers’ Sunday)

February 25

Third Sunday of Fifty days Lent (Palsy Sunday)

March 4

Fourth Sunday of Fifty days Lent (Canaanite woman)

March 7

Fourth Wednesday of Fifty days Lent (Mid Lent)

March 10

Memory of Forty Martyrs

Description

Memorial of the 40 martyrs of Sebeste. Celebrated on 9th March, if it is a Saturday or Sunday. Otherwise on the Saturday after 9th

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

March 11

Fifth Sunday of Fifty days Lent (Kpiptho/Crippled Woman)

March 18

Sixth Sunday of Fifty Days Lent (Catholicate Day)

March 23

Friday before Hosanna (40th Friday)

March 24

Saturday before Hosanna (Lazarus’ Saturday)

March 25

Annunciation to St. Mary

Description

We celebrate the Feast of Annunciation to St. Mary twice a year. On the 3rd Sunday after Koodhosh Eetho and on March 25th. Holy Eucharist must be celebrated on this day even if it comes during the Great Lent, during the Passion Week or on Good Friday. (The Holy Eucharist is not celebrated during the Great Lent days except all Saturdays and Sundays, Wednesday of Mid Lent, 40th Friday, and Maundy Thursday during the Passion week.)

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

March 25

Hosanna/Palm Sunday – (Boys’ and Girl’s Day)

March 29

Pesaho (Maundy Thursday)

April 8

New Sunday (Sunday after Easter – The Sunday of the Youth)

April 15

First Sunday after New Sunday

April 22

Second Sunday after New Sunday

April 29

Third Sunday after New Sunday

May 6

Fourth Sunday after New Sunday

May 10

Ascension of our Lord (Thursday after the fourth Sunday following New Sunday)

May 13

Sunday before Pentecost (Sunday of the Monks)

May 27

June 3

Second Sunday after Pentecost

June 10

Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 17

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 24

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

June 29

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

July 1

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 3

Dukharono of St.Thomas (July 3rd)

July 8

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 15

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 22

July 29

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 5

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

August 6

The Festival of Transfiguration/Koodaara Perunnal

August 12

First Sunday after the Festival of Transfiguration

August 15

The Festival of the Assumption of St. Mary (Marth Mariam Samajam Day)

August 19

First Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

August 26

Second Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

September 2

Third Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

September 9

Fourth Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

September 14

The Festival of Holy Cross

September 16

First Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

September 23

Second Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

September 30

Third Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October 7

Fourth Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October 14

Fifth Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October 21

Sixth Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October 28

Seventh Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

November 2

St. Gregorios of Parumala (Parumala Thirumeni)

November 4

Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification) Sunday

Description

The Sunday that comes on or after October 30th is called Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification of Church) Sunday. It is the beginning of the church calendar.

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

November 11

Hoodhosh Eetho (Dedication) Sunday

Description

The Sunday after Koodhosh Eetho is called Hoodhosh Eetho (Dedication of Church) Sunday.

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

November 18

Annunciation to Zechariah (Parents’ day)

Description

This Sunday is commemorated as the day when John the Baptist’s birth was announced to Zechariah by Angel Gabriel.

Evening

Morning

Before Holy Qurbana

Holy Qurbana

November 25

Annunciation to St. Mary, Mother of God.

December 2

St. Mary’s visit to Elizabeth (Ladies’ day)

December 9

Birth of John the Baptist (Children’s day)

December 16

Revelation to St. Joseph

December 23

Sunday before Christmas

December 25

Yeldho/Incarnation of our Lord (Christmas)

December 30

First Sunday after Christmas (The Holy Family flee to Egypt)