Orthodox Calendar
May 2024


Lenten Fast—No overrides

  • Presanctified Liturgy
  • Great and Holy Wednesday
  • Prophet Jeremiah; Ven. Paphnutius of Borovsk
  • Saint Tamara (Tamar), Queen of Georgia (1212)
  • Synaxis of the Three New Righteous Martyrs of the Holy Mountain, Euthymius, Ignatius, and Acacius (1814-1815)


Lenten Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Great and Holy Thursday
  • St Athanasius the Great, Patr. of Alexandria
  • Saint Matrona (the Blind) of Moscow (1952)
  • Holy Martyrs Hesperus, his wife Zoë, and their sons Cyriac and Theodulus (2nd c.)
  • Holy Tsar Boris-Michael of Bulgaria (907)
  • Translation of the Relics (1072 and 1115) of the Holy Passion-bearers Boris and Gleb, princes of Russia (1015)


Lenten Fast—Strict Fast

  • Great and Holy Friday
  • Ven. Theodosius, Abbot of the Kiev Caves
  • Martyrs Timothy the Reader and his wife Maura of Antinoe in Egypt (286)


Lenten Fast—Wine is Allowed

  • Great and Holy Saturday
  • Virgin Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus
  • Our Holy Father Nikephoros the Hesychast (14th c.)
  • St Monica, mother of Blessed Augustine (388)


  • Holy Pascha: The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  • Beginning of the Pentecostarion
  • Great Martyr Irene of Thessalonica


  • Bright Monday
  • Righteous Job the Longsuffering
  • St Job, abbot and wonderworker of Pochaev (1651)
  • Holy Martyr Barbarus the Soldier, with Bacchus, Callimachus and Dionysius (362)
  • St. Sophia the Righteous (1974)


  • Bright Tuesday
  • St Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America
  • Commemoration of the Apparition of the Sign of the Precious Cross over Jerusalem in 351 AD
  • Our Holy Fathers of Georgia (6th c.)
  • Martyr Acacius the Centurion at Byzantium (303)
  • St Lydia of Philippi (1st c.)


  • Bright Wednesday
  • Holy Apostle John the Theologian
  • Our Righteous Father Arsenios the Great (449)
  • St Emilia (375), mother of Sts Macrina, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, Peter of Sebaste, and Theosevia


  • Bright Thursday
  • Prophet Isaiah; Trans. Rel. St Nicholas the Wonderworker
  • Holy Martyr Christopher (3rd c.)


  • Bright Friday
  • The Life-Giving Spring of the Most-holy Theotokos
  • Apostle Simon the Zealot
  • Holy Martyrs Alphaeus, Philadelphus and Cyprinus of Sicily (251)
  • St Isidora the Fool of Tabenna (Egypt) (4th c.)
  • Blessed Thaïs (Taïsia) of Egypt (4th c.)


  • Bright Saturday
  • SS Cyril and Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs
  • Holy Hieromartyr Mocius (288? 295?)


  • Antipascha: 2nd Sunday of Pascha
  • St Thomas Sunday
  • St Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus
  • Our Fathers among the Saints Epiphanios, bishop of Cyprus (403) and Germanos, Archbishop of Constantinople (740)


  • Virgin Martyr Glyceria
  • Holy Martyr Alexander of Rome (298)


  • Day of Rejoicing (Radonitsa)
  • Ven. Isidore, Fool-for-Christ of Rostov
  • Martyr Isidore of Chios (251)
  • Our Holy Father Serapion the Sindonite (5th c.)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Ven. Pachomius the Great; Slain Crown Prince Dimitry of Moscow
  • Our Father among the Saints Achillius, Bishop of Larissa (330)


  • Ven. Theodore the Sanctified; Trans. Rel. Ephraim, Abbot of Perekop
  • St Nicholas Mystikos, Patriarch of Constantinople (930)
  • Blessed Musa the Maiden (5th c.)
  • St Brendan the Voyager, abbot of Clonfert (ca. 577)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy
  • Holy Martyr Solochon (298)


  • Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra
  • Holy Martyrs Peter, Dionysius, Christina, Andrew, Paul, Benedimus, Paulinus, and Heraclius (250)


  • 3rd Sunday of Pascha
  • Myrrhbearing Women
  • Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prussa


  • Unc. Rel. St Aleksy, Metropolitan of Kiev
  • Martyr Thalelaeus at Aegae in Cilicia and those with him (327)


  • SS Constantine and Helen, Equals-to-the-Apostles
  • Holy New Martyr Pachomius (1730)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Martyr Basiliscus, Bishop of Comana
  • Righteous Melchizedek, king of Salem.
  • Commemoration of the Second Ecumenical Council (381).


  • St Michael the Confessor; Unc. Rel. St Leonty, Bishop of Rostov
  • Holy Myrrh-bearer Mary, wife of Cleopas
  • Holy Martyr Michael of St Sabbas' Monastery(9th c.)
  • Holy Virgin Euphrosyne, Princess of Polotsk (1173)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Ven. Simeon the Stylite; Ven. Nikita the Stylite
  • St Vincent of Lerins (445)


  • 3rd Finding of the Head of St John the Baptist
  • Holy Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Cyprus (4th c.)
  • Holy Martyrs Pasicrates, Valentian, Julius and those with them (302)


  • 4th Sunday of Pascha
  • Paralytic
  • Apostles Carpus and Alphaeus of the Seventy
  • Saint Augustine of Canterbury, evangelizer of England (ca. 605)
  • Holy New Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica (1794)


  • Hieromartyr Therapon; Trans. Rel. Ven. Nilus of Stolbensk
  • Holy Martyrs Theodora and Didymus (304)
  • Holy New Confessor John the Russian (1730)
  • Saint David of Garesjei (6th c.)
  • Venerable Bede (Baeda) (735)


  • St Nicetas, Bishop of Chalcedon; St Ignaty, Bishop of Rostov


Fast—Fish, Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Midfeast of Pentecost
  • Virgin Martyr Theodosia of Tyre; Rep. Bl. John of Ustiug
  • Commemoration of the First Ecumenical Council (325)
  • The Fall of Constantinople (1453); "Blessed Constantine XII, last of the Byzantine emperors, martyred by the Turks (1453)"


  • Ven. Isaac, Founder of Dalmatian Monastery
  • St Macrina, grandmother of St Basil the Great (4th c.)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Apostle Hermes of the Seventy