Scripture Readings 2021

January-1: New Year's Day, Circumcision of our Lord, Memory of St. Basil and St. Gregory.

January-6: Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ

This festival is called Danaha in Syriac meaning 'Dawn'. Also called Epiphany or Theophany.
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January-17: Second Sunday after Baptism of our Lord

January-25: Monday of Three days Lent

The three day lent is a lent of attrition and repentance commemorating the repentance of the people of Nineveh at the preaching of Prophet Jonah. This lent starts three weeks before the start of the Great Lent.

January-28: Thursday/The end of Three days Lent

February-2: Mayaltho (Entry of our Lord into the temple)

February 2nd is celebrated as the day when infant Jesus was presented in the temple. Also called the day of the Old Aged. Memory of St. Simon and St. Hanna.
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February-14: First Sunday of 50 days Lent (Kothine Sunday - Pethrutha of the Great Lent)

The Great Lent starts by commemorating the first miracle performed by Jesus i.e. turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee. The Gospel reading for each Sunday of the Great Lent is about a miracle performed by Jesus.
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February-21: Second Sunday of Fifty days Lent (Lepers' Sunday)

March-7: Fourth Sunday of Fifty days Lent (Canaanite woman)

March-10: Fourth Wednesday of Fifty days Lent (Mid Lent)

March-13: Memory of Forty Martyrs

Memorial of the 40 martyrs of Sebeste. Celebrated on 9th March, if it is a Saturday or Sunday. Otherwise on the Saturday after 9th
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March-14: Fifth Sunday of Fifty days Lent (Kpiptho/Crippled Woman)

March-21: Sixth Sunday of Fifty Days Lent (Catholicate Day)

March-25: Annunciation to St. Mary

We celebrate the Feast of Annunciation to St. Mary twice a year. On the 3rd Sunday after Koodhosh Eetho and on March 25th. Holy Eucharist must be celebrated on this day even if it comes during the Great Lent, during the Passion Week or on Good Friday. (The Holy Eucharist is not celebrated during the Great Lent days except all Saturdays and Sundays, Wednesday of Mid Lent, 40th Friday, and Maundy Thursday during the Passion week.)
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March-27: Saturday before Hosanna (Lazarus' Saturday)

April-11: New Sunday (Sunday after Easter - The Sunday of the Youth)

May-13: Ascension of our Lord (Thursday after the fourth Sunday following New Sunday)

August-6: The Festival of Transfiguration/Koodaara Perunnal

August-8: First Sunday after the Festival of Transfiguration

August-22: First Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

August-29: Second Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

September-5: Third Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

September-12: Fourth Sunday after the Festival of the Assumption

September-19: First Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October-3: Third Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October-10: Fourth Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October-17: Fifth Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October-24: Sixth Sunday after the Festival of Holy Cross

October-31: Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification) Sunday

The Sunday that comes on or after October 30th is called Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification of Church) Sunday. It is the beginning of the church calendar.
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November-7: Hoodhosh Eetho (Dedication) Sunday

The Sunday after Koodhosh Eetho is called Hoodhosh Eetho (Dedication of Church) Sunday.
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November-14: Annunciation to Zechariah (Parents' day)

This Sunday is commemorated as the day when John the Baptist's birth was announced to Zechariah by Angel Gabriel.
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December-12: Revelation to St. Joseph

December-25: Yeldho/Incarnation of our Lord (Christmas)

December-26: First Sunday after Christmas (The Holy Family flee to Egypt)

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