Feasts of the Month

The Maronite Church's liturgical calendar follows that of the Syro-Antiochene Christian tradition and is based on the stages of the life of Jesus Christ: his birth, passion, death and resurrection, and looks forward to his return in glory. For the feasts of the month, please follow the link below and click the name of the feast for a reflection on the holiday. If you have need of a physical liturgical calendar, please pick one up from the parish office.


livingmaronite.com/resources/feast-days/


The Maronite liturgical calendar consists of six season and begins with the Sunday of the Consecration of the Church on the 1st Sunday of November and ends with the Season of the Holy Cross in September in accordance with the Syro-Antiochene tradition. Please also be aware of the Holy Days of Obligation. The faithful are bound by the obligation to participate in the liturgy on certain Holy Days of Obligation that may fall on a week day.

1. The Nativity of the Lord on December 25;
2. The Circumcision of Our Lord on January 1;
3. The Glorious Epiphany (Baptism) of Our Lord on January 6;
4.The Feast of St. Maron on February 9;
5. The Ascension of the Lord 40 days after Resurrection Sunday (Easter);
6. The Assumption of Our Lady on August 15;
7. The Feast of All Saints on November 1;
8. The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady on December 8.

Also be aware that all Sundays are Holy Days of Obligation. Christians are obligated to commit to going to church on every Sunday of the year, for it was on Sunday that Our Lord rose from the dead and trampled death by death. Therefore, as we say in the Maronite liturgy, he "exalted Sunday far above all days." All Sundays, then, are feast days and days of rest and one should not fast on a Sunday, even during Great Lent, but recall our Lord's resurrection and our salvation. Failing to attend liturgy on a Sunday and not having a valid excuse, such as being ill or needed to care for someone who is ill, is a sin.  


Sunday of the Church

Consecration of the Church Sunday
Dedication of the Church Sunday

Season of Announcement and Birth of our Lord

Announcement to Zechariah: First Sunday of Announcement
Announcement to Mary: Second Sunday of Announcement
Visitation to Elizabeth: Third Sunday of Announcement
Birth of John the Baptizer: Fourth Sunday of Announcement
Revelation to Joseph: Fifth Sunday of Announcement
Genealogy Sunday: Sunday before the Birth of our Lord

Birth of our Lord
(First Sunday after the Birth of our Lord)
Sunday of the Finding in the Temple

Season of Epiphany

Epiphany
First to Fifth Sundays of Epiphany
Sunday of Deceased Priests
Sunday of the Righteous and Just
Sunday of the Faithful Departed

Season of Great Lent

Cana Sunday: Entrance into Lent
Sunday of the Leper: Second Sunday of Lent
Sunday of the Hemorrhaging Woman: Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday of the Prodigal Son: Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sunday of the Paralytic: Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday of Bartimaeus the Blind: Sixth Sunday of Lent Hosanna Sunday

Passion Week

Monday of Passion Week
Tuesday of Passion Week
Wednesday of Passion Week
Thursday of Mysteries
Great Friday of the Crucifixion
Great Saturday of the Light

Seasons of Resurrection

Resurrection of our Lord
First Sunday of the Resurrection: New Sunday
Second to Fifth Sundays of the Resurrection
Ascension of our Lord: Ascension Thursday
Sixth Sunday of the Resurrection: Sunday after Ascension
Pentecost

Season After Pentecost

First to Sixth Sundays after Pentecost

Season of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross
First to fourteenth Sundays after Holy Cross

 


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