|Feasts Celebrated in the Syriac Orthodox Church|
Feasts in the Syriac Orthodox Church are divided into two classes: moronoyotho, or feasts pertaining to the Lord (e.g., Christmas, Easter), and dukhronos, or commemorating the Virgin Mary and the Saints.
Some feasts are movable, i.e., their dates vary from one year to another (e.g., Easter). Others are immovable, i.e., their dates are fixed (e.g., Christmas). For the movable feasts, the Church employs the Julian Calendar; for this reason, the date of Easter differs from that of Western Easter. For the immovable ones, the Church has been employing the modern Gregorian calendar since the 1950s. (Note: The Syriac Orthodox Church in Malankara employs the Gregorian calendar even in movable feasts since 1953.)
NOTE. The 1933 Synod of Hums declared that local saints' feasts are to become commemorations except in the respective local churches. These are not listed above.
The Syriac Orthodox Church also observes six fasts every year.
Patr. Afram Barsoum (trans. V. Rev. Joseph Tarzi), The
Spiritual Treasure on Canonical Prayer (Archdiocese of the Syrian
Orthodox Church in the Western US, 1999).
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