Feasts of the Month

The Maronite Church's liturgical calendar and lectionary follows that of the Syro-Antiochene Christian tradition and is based on the stages of the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ: his birth, public ministry, passion, death, resurrection, and looks forward to his return in glory. For the feasts of the month, please follow this link: livingmaronite.com. 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. For the daily readings of the Maronite Church, follow this link: maronite.dailygospel.org or maronite-heritage.com. For the Maronite Divine Office, follow this link: maronitefaith.com.


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 and must be absolved through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  


Sundays of the Church

Sunday of the Consecration and Renewal of the Church (1st Sunday of November)

Sunday of the Dedication of the Church

Season of Announcement and Glorious Birth of Our Lord

First Sunday of Announcement: Announcement to Zechariah

Second Sunday of Announcement: Announcement to the Virgin Mary
Third Sunday of Announcement: Visitation of the Virgin to Elizabeth:
Fourth Sunday of Announcement: Birth of John the Baptizer

The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady on December 8

Fifth Sunday of Announcement: Revelation to Joseph
Sunday before the Birth of Our Lord: Genealogy Sunday
Glorious Birth of Our Lord on December 25

Circumcision of Our Lord on January 1 

Sunday after the Birth of Our Lord: Sunday of the Finding in the Temple

Season of the Glorious Epiphany of Our Lord

Glorious Epiphany of Our Lord on January 6

First to Fifth Sundays after Epiphany

Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) on February 2

Three Weeks of Commemoration

Sunday of the Priests

Feast of St. Maron on February 9
Sunday of the Righteous and Just
Sunday of the Faithful Departed

Season of Great Lent (Great Fast)

Sunday of the Entrance into Lent: Miracle at Cana in Galilee

Ash Monday (beginning of 40 days of fasting until Great Friday, excluding Sundays)

Second Sunday of Lent: Sunday of the Healing of the Leper

Third Sunday of Lent: Sunday of the Healing of the Hemorrhaging Woman
Fourth Sunday of Lent: Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Fifth Sunday of Lent: Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic

Lazarus Saturday
Sixth Sunday of Lent: Hosanna Sunday (Palm Sunday) / Sunday of Bartimaeus the Blind 

Passion Week

Monday of Passion Week

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

Season of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord

Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter)

Second Sunday of the Resurrection: New Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday)
Third to Sixth Sundays of the Resurrection
Ascension of Our Lord 40 days after Resurrection Sunday
Seventh Sunday of the Resurrection: Sunday after Ascension Thursday

Season of Glorious Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday

Second Sunday of Pentecost: Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity

Third to 14th Sundays of Pentecost

Thursday of the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Feast of St. Sharbel on 3rd Sunday of July

Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord on August 6 

Assumption of Our Lady on August 15

Season of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

First to Sixth Sundays after Holy Cross

Seventh Sunday after Holy Cross: Sunday of Christ the King

 


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