Orthodox holidays calendar for 2017

If you consider yourself to be a believer, and try to observe the rites and customs prescribed by the church, then you need to know the exact dates of all Christian holidays that will be in 2017. For these purposes, each year a church calendar is calculated that can give a person the necessary guidelines.

In this article you can find a detailedOrthodox calendar for 2017where are the days of the celebration of the main twelve dates, which honors the church, not counting the Great Easter.

Arguing about the feasibility of the church calendar, all holidays should be divided into the Lord's (dedicated to Jesus Christ) and the Theotokos. The long-awaited and beloved holiday, which the entire Orthodox people are eagerly awaiting, is considered the Great Easter - the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

However, not all holidays fall on the same day every year. They are called transient. Depending on what date is Easter, the date of such holidays is set. Those celebrations that have a fixed date are called non-transferable.Here is the main feature of the church calendar, about which the believer should know first of all.

In addition to church holidays, in the Orthodox calendar, it is customary to celebrate the dates of the posts. Most celebrations honored by the church involve overcoming a special ritual - fasting. He helps to purify the soul, mind, and let the Lord our God enter into the heart.

Anyone who wishes to fast should voluntarily give up unsuitable food and all kinds of entertainment. This is a must post. As practice shows, it is not difficult to adhere to such simple rules and every year the number of the fasting ones is replenished with new “participants”.

The main post is the Great Post. He comes right before the Passion Week, tobish, before the Great Easter. Starting from the date of the celebration of Easter, the beginning and end of Lent changes every year.

Bright Resurrection of Christ (Great Easter)- April 16, 2017

Twelve Fixed (Non-Transit) Holidays

Church calendar for 2017


  • 01/07/2017 - Christmas
  • 01/19/2017 - Baptism of the Lord (Epiphany)
  • February 15, 2017 - The Meeting of the Lord
  • 04/07/2017 - The Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos
  • 08.28.2017 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 09/21/2017 - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 09/27/2017 - Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord
  • 12/04/2017 - Introduction to the Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Twelve Moving (Passing) Holidays

  • 04/09/2017 - The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
  • 25. 05.2017 - The Ascension of the Lord
  • 06/04/2017 - The Day of the Holy Trinity. Pentecost

List of short holidays

  • 01/14/2017 - The Circumcision of the Lord
  • 07/07/2017 - Christmas Ionna the Forerunner
  • 07/12/2017 - Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
  • 11.09.2017 - Beheading of the head of Ion the Forerunner
  • 10/14/2017 - Pokrov of the Most Holy Mother of God

Days of special remembrance of the dead

  • 02/18/2017 - Saturday meaty (Universal parent)
  • 03.11.2017 - Saturday of the second week of Great Lent
  • 03-18,217 - Saturday of the third week of Great Lent
  • 03/25/2017 - Saturday of the fourth week of Great Lent
  • 04/25/2017 - Radonitsa
  • 05/09/2017 - Commemoration of the departed warriors
  • 06/03/2017 - Saturday Troitskaya

Church posts

Church Holidays in 2017


  • February 27, 2017 - 04/15/2017 - Great Post
  • From 12.06.2017 to 11.07.2017 - Petrov Post (Apostolic)
  • From 08/14/2017 to 08/27/2017 - Assumption Post
  • November 28, 2017 - January 6, 2014 - Christmas Post

One day:

  • 01/18/2017 - Epiphany Eve
  • 11.09.2017 - Beheading of the head of Ion the Forerunner
  • 09/27/2017 - Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord

Commissioning weeks (there is no fasting on Wednesday and Friday in these weeks)

  • from January 7, 2017 to January 17, 2017 - Svyatki
  • from 06.02.217 to 11.02.2017 - the tax collector and Pharisee
  • from 20.02.2017 to 02.02.2017 - Maslenitsa
  • 04/17/2017 - 04/22/2017 - Easter Week
  • from 06/05/2017 to 11.06.2017 - Trinity Week

What is Great Holidays

These holidays are extremely valued by the church, and they all differ in special solemn worship. The most significant and the brightest day of the year for the Orthodox people is Easter. She always stands out with a bright color in the church calendar.

This holiday has a special status and is accompanied by the most solemn service. The date of celebration is unique for each year and is calculated by the solar-lunar calendar. Often, it falls from April 4th to May 8th.

Easter 2017 date

Other holidays can be divided into the Great and the inferior.

Twelve especially significant for the church events related to the earthly life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin belong to the twelve church celebrations. In turn, these holidays are divided into:

  • Rolling or moving. For them, a unique date is calculated annually, which depends on the day of commemoration of Easter and moves with it. In total there are 3 of these great feasts.
  • Non-transient or immobile. These holy days have a fixed date - every year they fall on the same date. There are 9 such Orthodox celebrations.

Five dates, which are of great importance for the entire Orthodox people, are considered to be short holidays. They are dedicated to the birth and death of John the Forerunner (baptized Jesus Christ), the appearance of the Virgin Mary, the circumcision of the Lord, the two apostles Peter and Paul, as well as the memory of St. Basil.

Orthodox posts and continuous weeks

Now let's talk about posts. Fasting is a special form of religious asceticism, calming the soul, body and mind for the sake of salvation within the framework of religious belief. Fasting people voluntarily limit themselves to food, food and entertainment. Conventionally, the post can be divided into several types:

  • Mental fasting is when a person limits himself from external pleasures and impressions. These include silence, humility, tranquility, solitude, and prayer concentration.
  • Physical fasting - observing it, a person refuses a wide variety in food.
  • Spiritual fast - the fast fights his “internal bodily whims”. Spiritual fasting implies periods of particularly intense prayer.

It is worth noting that fasting bodily without spiritual is impossible. Without observing at least one of the above types, a person will not achieve the desired result.Some learned minds believe that sticking to one post, and ignoring another, we only harm ourselves. Fasting is not only abstaining from food.

John Chrysostom (saint) teaches that a real fast is a period when a person renounces evil, watches his tongue, suppresses anger, pacifies lust, stops slandering, lies and ceases to commit a crime.

It is impossible to consider fasting as a goal, to achieve something, because it is a means of distracting from the desires of your body and helps to concentrate on the future and spiritual state. If you forget about all this, fasting will be the easiest diet!

Orthodox posts calendar for 2017

In the church calendar can be divided into 4 multi-day fasting:

  • Great Post- the most important and longest post for Christians. Its main purpose is to cleanse and prepare the body for Easter. The fast is divided into four parts - the Fourtieth, the Lazarus Sabbath, the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem and the Holy Week.
  • Petrov Post or Apostolic- summer post, which used to be called Pentecost. Following the example of the holy apostles, who received the holy spirit on the day of Pentecost, people begin to fast. Fasting can be both long and short. It all depends on how many Easter falls.
  • Assumption post- It is considered the shortest post, because it lasts only two weeks. Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.
  • Christmas post- also calledFilippovsky. Its duration is 40 days.

There are also 3 one-day posts:

  • Epiphany Eve
  • Beheading of John the Baptist
  • Exaltation of the Cross

In addition, it is customary to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Solid weeks are called weeks, during which fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays is canceled. In the church calendar, there are 5 such weeks - Sviatky, Cheese (meat is forbidden), Trinity, Easter, The Publican and Pharisee.

Days of special remembrance of the dead

Days of special commemoration of the dead in 2017

These days it is customary to remember all the departed Christians, to come to the graves of deceased relatives, to pray for them. These are such days as the Universal Parental Saturday, 2-4 Saturday of Great Lent, Radonitsa, the Commemoration of the departed warriors, Dmitrievskaya and Troitskaya Saturdays.

Church calendar for 2017 by month


from 12.28.2016 to 06.01.2017 the Christmas post

01/06/2017 - Christmas Eve or Eve of the Nativity of Christ

01/07/2017 - Christmas

from January 7, 2017 to January 17, 2017 - Svyatki

01/14/2017 - Circumcision of the Lord. Holiday New Year old style.

01/18/2017 - Epiphany Eve or the Everie of the Epiphany of the Lord

01/19/2017 - Baptism of the Lord or Holy Epiphany

01/25/2017 - The Day of the Great Martyr Tatiana or Tatiana's Day

From January 20, 2017 to February 26 inclusive - the Winter Meat Eater


February 15, 2017 - The Meeting of the Lord

05/02/2017 to 02/26/2017 - Triodes.

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