The 12 Major Feasts of the Church
The Feast of Epiphany or Holy Theophany commemorates the Baptism of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ and the divine manifestation of all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th.
The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus commemorates the Birth of Jesus, also known as the “Incarnation of Christ.” This feast, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th and is one of the most joyful days of the year.
The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. It is celebrated on September 14th.
Palm Sunday, celebrated the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha, commemorates the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem before His Crucifixion. Anticipating His Arrival and having heard of His Raising Lazarus from the dead, the people welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise.
The Feast of Holy Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Pentecost is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Easter and ten days after the Feast of the Ascension of Christ. This Feast is always celebrated on a Sunday.
The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ commemorates His Ascension into heaven after blessing His disciples and asking them to await the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit. Ascension is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter. This Feast is always celebrated on a Thursday.
The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commemorates the metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when Peter, James, and John witnessed our Lord in His Divine Glory. It is celebrated on August 6th.
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple commemorates Jesus, as the first-born son being taken to the Temple forty days after His Birth and dedicated to God, an important custom in the Jewish faith. This feast is celebrated on February 2nd.
The Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary commemorates the birth of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is celebrated on September 8th each year.
The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos commemorates the Virgin Mary, as a young child, entering the Temple in Jerusalem. It is celebrated on November 21 each year.
The Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos commemorates the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would become incarnate and enter into this world through her womb. This Feast is celebrated on March 25th.
The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos commemorates the repose or “falling-asleep” and assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos, the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is celebrated on August 15th.