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December 2021

Fasting Guidelines:
On days designated strict fast we abstain from dairy products, meat, fish, oil and wine. Some seafoods, e.g. squid, crab, roe and prawn, are permitted.

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

Wednesday 1st December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Prophet Nahum (7th C. BC). Righteous Philaret the Merciful of Amnia (792). Holy Martyr Ananias of Persia. St. Porphyrios, patriarch of Antioch (413). St. Theoclites, archbishop of Lakedaimonia (870). SS Ananias and Solochonus, archbishops of Ephesus.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Grwst of Llanrwst (7th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; Luke 20:1-8

Thursday 2nd December 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
Prophet Avakkum (Habakkuk) (7th C. BC). Holy Martyrs Abibus the New and Myrope of Chios (251). St. Ioannicius of Devich, monk (1430). St. Cyril of Phileus (1110). SS John, Heraclemon, Andrew, and Theophilus of Egypt (4th C). St. Stephen-Urosh V, King of Serbia (1371) and St. Helen of Serbia. St. Ise (Jesse), bishop of Tsilkani in Georgia (6th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Trumwine of Abercorn, (late 7th C).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 5:1-8; Luke 20:9-18

Friday 3rd December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah) (635 BC). St. John the Silent of St. Sabbas' Monastery (558). Hieromartyr Theodore, archbishop of Alexandria (606). Holy Martyrs Agapius and Seleucius. St. Theodoulos, eparch of Constantinople (c.440). New Martyr Angelos of Chios (1813). Monk-martyr Cosmas of St. Anne's Skete. St. Sabbas, abbot of Zvenigorod, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1406).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Birinus, bishop of Dorchester and Apostle of Wessex (650). St. Lucius of Britain (c.200). St. Ethernan (c.699). St. Sola, disciple of St. Boniface (794).
Readings:
1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28; Luke 20:19-26

Saturday 4th December 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Great Martyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana, at Heliopolis in Syria (306)
Commemorations:
St. John the Righteous, of Damascus (776). New Hieromartyr Bishop Seraphim at the Phanar (1601). New Martyrs Protopresbyter Alexander Hotovitzky of New York (1937), and Priest Alexis Benemansky of Tver (1937).
Readings:
2 Corinthians 11:1-6; Luke 12:32-40
For the Commemoration: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Mark 5:24-34

Sunday 5th December 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Tone 7 - Eothinon 2
24th after Pentecost, 10th of Luke
St Sabbas the Sanctified (532)
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Diogenes (435). Philotheos the Righteous of Mount Athos. St. Nectarius of Bitol (1500), and his Elder, St. Philotheus, of Karyes Skete. Commemoration of St. Cosmas of Vatopedi (1276) and the monks of Karyes Skete, martyred by the Latins. St. Gurias, archbishop of Kazan (1563).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Cawrdaf, monk and disciple of St. Illtyd (5th C). St. Justinian (Iestin), hermit of Ramsey (560).
Readings:
Ephesians 2:14-22; Luke 13:10-17
For the Commemoration: Galatians 5:22-6:2; Matthew 11:27-30

Monday 6th December 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia (c.345)
Commemorations:
St. Nicholas, bishop of Patara (c.3rd C). New Martyr Nicholas of Karamania in Asia Minor (1657). St. Theophilus, bishop of Antioch (181). Blessed Maximus, metropolitan of Kiev (1305).
British Isles and Ireland:
SS Auxilius, Isserninus and Secundinus, workers with St. Patrick (5th C).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Luke 20:27-44
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 13:17-21; Luke 6:17-23

Tuesday 7th December 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan (397). Holy martyr Athenodorus of Mesopotamia (304). St. Gregory the Silent of Serbia , founder of Grigoriou monastery, Mt. Athos (14th C). St. Nilus of Stolbensk Lake (1554). St. Anthony, abbot of Siya, Novgorod (1558). St. John, Faster of the Kievan Caves (12th C). Holy Martyr Philothea of Arges (13th C). Venerable Gerasimos.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Buithe, missionary (521). St. Diuma, bishop and missionary (658).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2; Luke 21:12-19

Wednesday 8th December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos
Commemorations:
St. Patapius of Thebes (8th C). Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, and Onesiphorus (1st C). St. Sophronius, archbishop of Cyprus (6th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Gunthild of Wimborne (748).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Luke 21:5-8, 10-11, 20-24

Thursday 9th December 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
The Conception by the Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
Commemorations:
Prophetess Anna (Hannah), mother of the Prophet Samuel (1100 BC). Holy Martyr Narses of Persia. St. Stephen the "New Light" of Constantinople (912).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Budoc, abbot of Youghal (7th C). St. Ethelgif (Æthelgifu), abbess of Shaftesbury (896). St. Wolfeius, hermit of St. Benet Hulme, Norfolk (1000).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5; Luke 21:28-33
For the Commemoration: Galatians 4:22-27; Luke 8:16-21

Friday 10th December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Holy martyrs Menas, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus of Alexandria (313). St. Thomas of Bithynia (10th C). St. Joasaph, bishop of Belgorod (1754). Holy Martyr Gemellus of Paphlagonia (361). Blessed John, King of Serbia (1503), and his parents Stephen (1468) and Angelina Brancovich (16th C).
Readings:
2 Thessalonians 3:6-18; Luke 21:37-22:8

Saturday 11th December 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed
Commemorations:
St. Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople (490). St. Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon (980). St. Nikon the Dry of the Kievan Caves (12th C). Monk-martyr Barsabas, abbot of Ishtar and 10 companions in Persia (342). St. Leontius, Monk, of Monembasia in the Peloponnese (1450). Holy martyrs Acepsius and Aeithalas at Arbelus (534).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Cian the Hermit (6th C). St. Peris of Llanberis (c.6th C).
Readings:
Galatians 1:3-10; Luke 13:18-29

Sunday 12th December 2021

Nativity Fast: wine and oil allowed
Tone 8 - Eothinon 3
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, 11th of Luke
St Spyridon the Wonderworker, bishop of Tremithus (c.348)
Commemorations:
St. John, metropolitan of Zichon, founder of the monastery of the Forerunner on Mt. Menikion (1333). Hieromartyr Alexander, bishop of Jerusalem (251). Holy martyr Synesius of Rome (275).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Finnian, bishop of Clonard and founder of Skellig Michael (c.549). St. Colman of Glendalough (659). St. Columba of Leinster (548). St. Cormac, abbot (6th C). St. Agatha of Wimborne (790).
Readings:
Colossians 3:4-11; Luke 14:16-24; Matthew 22:14
For the Commemoration: Ephesians 5:8-19; John 10:9-16

Monday 13th December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Virgin-martyr Lucy of Syracuse (304). Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes, at Sebaste (4th C). Repose of St. Herman of Alaska (1836). St. Arsenios of Latros (9th C). Hieromartyr Gabriel I, patriarch of Serbia (1659).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Edburgh (Eadburh), abbess of Minster-in-Thanet (751).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:1-7; Mark 8:11-21

Tuesday 14th December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Holy Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucis and Callinicus of Apollonia (250). St. Venantius Fortunatus, hymnographer and bishop of Poitiers (7th C). Holy martyrs Apollonius, Philemon, Arianus, and Theoctychus of Alexandria (3rd C)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Hygbald, abbot of Hibaldstow (7th C). SS. Fingar and Phiala, and 770 other martyr companions (5th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:8-14; Mark 8:22-26

Wednesday 15th December 2021

Nativity Fast: wine and oil allowed
Hieromartyr Eleutherius, bishop of Illyria
Commemorations:
Martyr Anthia, mother o St Eleutherius, and Corivus the Eparch (126). Holy martyr Susanna the deaconess of Palestine (4th C). Monk-martyr Bacchus of Mar Sabba (8th C). St. Stepan (Stephen) the Confessor, bishop of Sourozh in the Crimea (790). St. Tryphon, of Pechenga (1583), and his martyred disciple Jonah. Venerable Paul of Latros (955)
British Isles and Ireland:
Offa, King of Essex, monk (c.709). St. Florentius (Flann), abbot of Bangor (7th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 1:18-20,2:8-15; Mark 8:30-34
For the Commemoration: 2 Timothy 1:8-18; Mark 2:23-3:5

Thursday 16th December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Commemorations:
Prophet Aggaeus (Haggai) (520 BC). Hieromartyr Modestus II, patriarch of Jerusalem (634). Blessed Empress Theophania of Constantinople (894). St. Memnon, archbishop of Ephesus (5th C). St. Nicholas Chrysoberges, patriarch of Constantinople (10th C)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Beoc of Lough Derg (5th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 3:1-13; Mark 9:10-15

Friday 17th December 2021

Nativity Fast: wine and oil allowed
Holy Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Children: Ananias, Azarias, and Misael
Commemorations:
St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, bishop of Aegina, the Wonderworker (1624). New Martyrs Paisus of Serbia, abbot, and Abbacum, deacon, of Serbia (1814)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Tydecho (6th C). St. Briach, disciple of St. Tudwal (6th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 4:4-8, 16; Mark 9:33-41
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 11:33-12:2; Luke 11:47-12:1

Saturday 18th December 2021

Nativity Fast: wine and oil allowed
Saturday before the Nativity of Our Lord
Commemorations:
Holy Martyr Sebastian at Rome and his companions, Nicostratus, Zoe, Castorius, Tranquillinus, Marcellinus, Mark, Claudius, Symphorian, Victorinus, Tiburtius, and Castulus (287). Our Holy Father Michael Syngellon the Confessor at Constantinople (845)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Winebald, abbot and missionary in England and Heidenheim (761). St. Samthan, foundress of Clonbroney Convent (6th C). St. Flannan, 1st bishop of Killaloe (7th C).
Readings:
Galatians 3:8-12; Luke 13:18-29

Sunday 19th December 2021

Nativity Fast: wine and oil allowed
Tone 1 - Eothinon 4
Sunday before the Nativity of Our Lord
Commemorations:
Holy martyr Boniface and his Companions, at Tarsus in Cilicia, and the Righteous Aglais (Aglaida) of Rome (290). Holy martyr Eutyches of Thessalonica and with him 200 men and 70 women. Righteous Gregentius, archbishop of Omirits in Ethipoia (552)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Manirus, bishop and Apostle of the north of Scotland.
Readings:
Hebrews 11:9-10,32-40; Matthew 1:1-25

Monday 20th December 2021

Nativity Fast: wine and oil allowed
Hieromartyr Ignatius the Godbearer, bishop of Antioch
Forefeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt (7th December O.S.) (1908). St. Philogonius, bishop of Antioch (323). New Martyr John of the Isle of Thasos. St. Daniel II, archbishop of Serbia (1338)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Urscinus, disciple of St. Columbanus and abbot of St. Ursanne (625).
Readings:
1 Timothy 5:1-10; Mark 9:42-10:1
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 10:32-38; Mark 9:33-41

Tuesday 21st December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Forefeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Juliana of Nicomedia, and with her 500 men and 130 women (304). Repose of St. Peter, metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1326). Holy martyr Theomistocles of Myra in Lycia (251)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Bernwald of Bampton (8th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 5:11-21; Mark 10:2-12

Wednesday 22nd December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Forefeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
Great Martyr Anastasia, "Deliverer From Bonds", and her teacher, Martyr Chrysogonus, and with them Martyrs Theodota, Evodias, Eutychianus, and others, who suffered under Diocletian (304).
Readings:
1 Timothy 5:22-6:11; Mark 10:11-16

Thursday 23rd December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Forefeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete: Theodulus, Saturninus, Euporus, Gelasius, Eunician, Zoticus, Pompeius, Agathopus, Basilides, and Evaristus (3rd C). Dedication of the Church of the Holy Wisdom (Agia Sophia) in Constantinople (360). St. Nahum of Ochrid, Enlightener of the Bulgarians (10th C). St. Paul, bishop of Neo-Caesarea (4th C). New Hieromartyrs John Piankov and Nicholas Yakhontov, priests (1918)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Frithebert, bishop of Hexham (766). St. Mazota of Abernethy (8th C).
Readings:
1 Timothy 6:17-21; Mark 10:17-27

Friday 24th December 2021

Nativity Fast: strict fast
Liturgy of St Basil
The Eve of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Eugenia of Rome, and with her the Martyrs Philip, her father, Protus, Hyacinth, Basilla and Claudia (c.262). New Martyr Achmed (Ahmet) the Calligrapher of Constantinople (1682)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Caran, missionary (7th C).
Readings:
2 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-18; Mark 10:24-32
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 1:1-12; Luke 2:1-20

Saturday 25th December 2021

The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Commemorations:
The Commemoration of the Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar. The Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks and went to see the Lord. St. Constantine the Jew
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Alburgh (Æthelburh) of Wilton, nun (810).
Readings:
For the Commemoration: Galatians 4:4-7; Matthew 2:1-12

Sunday 26th December 2021

Tone 2 - Eothinon 5
Sunday After the Nativity of Our Lord, The Holy Righteous Ones: Joseph the Betrothed, David the Prophet and King and James, the brother of the Lord
Synaxis of Our Most Holy Lady, Theotokos and Ever-virgin, Mary
Afterfeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
Hieromartyr Euthymius, bishop of Sardis (840). New Hieromartyr Constantine the Russian, at Constantinople (1743). St. Archelaus, bishop of Kaskhara in Mesopotamia (3rd C). St. Zenon, bishop of Maiuma in Palestine (4th C)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Tathai of Glamorgan (6th C). St. Maethlu of Anglesey (6th C).
Readings:
Galatians 1:11-19; Matthew 2:13-23
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 2:11-18; Matthew 2:13-23

Monday 27th December 2021

Holy Protomartyr and Protodeacon Stephen (34)
Afterfeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
St. Theodore the Confessor, archbishop of Constantinople (686). St. Theodore Graptus ('the branded'), Confessor and brother of Theophanes the Hymnographer (840).
Readings:
2 Timothy 2:20-26; Mark 10:46-52
For the Commemoration: Acts 6:8-7:5,57-60; Matthew 21:33-42

Tuesday 28th December 2021

Afterfeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia including Glycerius the presbyter, Zeno, Theophilus, Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonius, Indes, Gorgonius, Peter, Euthymius, and the virgins Agape, Domna, Theophila and others (302). St. Nicanor the deacon, Apostle of the Seventy (38). St. Simon the Myrhh-streaming, founder of Simonopetra monastery on Mt Athos (14th C).
Readings:
2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Mark 11:11-23

Wednesday 29th December 2021

Afterfeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
The 14,000 Infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod at Bethlehem. St. Marcellus, abbot of the monastery of the Unsleeping Ones (485). St. Anthony of Damascus, martyred at Ar-Raqqa (799). Righteous Father Thaddeus the Confessor (818). Commemoration of all Orthodox Christians who died from Hunger, Thirst, the Sword, and Freezing.
Readings:
2 Timothy 4:9-22; Mark 11:22-26

Thursday 30th December 2021

Afterfeast of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
Virgin-Martyr Anysia at Thessalonica (305). St. Timon the deacon, of the Seventy (1st C). New Martyr Gideon of Karakallou, Mt. Athos (1818). Holy martyr Philoterus of Nicomedia, and with him Six Soldiers and One Count (311). Righteous Father Leondus the Archimandrite
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Egwin, bishop of Worcester and founder of Evesham Abbey (717).
Readings:
Titus 1:5-14; Mark 11:27-33

Friday 31st December 2021

Leavetaking of The Nativity of Christ
Commemorations:
St. Melania the Younger, Nun, of Rome (439). Hieromartyr Zoticus, Guardian of the Orphans (4th C). St. Gelasius, monk, of Palestine (5th C). St. Theophylact of Ochrid (1126). St. Peter Mogila, metropolitan of Kiev (1646).
Readings:
Titus 1:15-2:10; Mark 12:1-12