Orthodox Calendar
May 2023


  • Ven. John, Disciple of Gregory Decapolites
  • The Holy Martyr John the New of Ioannina (1526)


  • Ven. John of Ancient Caves in Palestine
  • Our Holy Father Agathangelos (1819)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Ven. Theodore Trichinas
  • Holy Apostle Zaccheus


  • Hieromartyr Januarius and Companions


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • St Theodore the Sykeote
  • Holy Martyr Leonidas (202)
  • Our Holy Father, the monk Vitalis


  • Holy Greatmartyr, Victorybearer and Wonderworker George


  • 4th Sunday of Pascha
  • Paralytic
  • Martyr Sabbas Stratelates


  • Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark
  • Saint Ananias, Second Bishop of Alexandria (1st c.)


  • St Stephen, Bishop of Perm
  • Hieromartyr Basil, bishop of Amasia and Righteous Virgin Glaphyra (322)


Fast—Fish, Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Midfeast of Pentecost
  • Hieromartyr Simeon, Kinsman of the Lord
  • Our Holy Father Stephen, Abbot of the Kiev Caves and Bishop of Vladimir (1094)
  • Burning of the relics of St Sava I of Serbia by the Turks (1594)


  • Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy
  • The Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus (3rd c.)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus
  • St Basil, bishop of Ostrog in Montenegro (Serbia) (1671)


  • Holy Apostle James, Brother of St John
  • St Ignatius (Brianchaninov), Bishop of Stavropol and Kavkaz (1867)


  • 5th Sunday of Pascha
  • Samaritan Woman
  • 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)


  • 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)


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


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Leavetaking of Mid-Pentecost
  • Virgin Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus
  • Our Holy Father Nikephoros the Hesychast (14th c.)
  • St Monica, mother of Blessed Augustine (388)


  • Great Martyr Irene of Thessalonica


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • 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)


  • 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.)


  • 6th Sunday of Pascha
  • Blind Man
  • 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


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


  • 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.)


Fast—Fish, Wine and Oil are Allowed

  • Forefeast of Ascension
  • SS Cyril and Methodius, Apostles to the Slavs
  • Holy Hieromartyr Mocius (288? 295?)


  • Ascension of the Lord
  • St Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus
  • Our Fathers among the Saints Epiphanios, bishop of Cyprus (403) and Germanos, Archbishop of Constantinople (740)


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

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


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


  • 7th Sunday of Pascha
  • Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
  • 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)


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


Fast—Wine and Oil are Allowed

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