Feast Days

Apr
5
Sun
Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion
Apr 5 all-day
Apr
9
Thu
Maundy Thursday
Apr 9 all-day
Apr
10
Fri
Good Friday
Apr 10 all-day
Apr
11
Sat
Holy Saturday
Apr 11 all-day
Apr
12
Sun
The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Apr 12 all-day
Apr
19
Sun
2nd Sunday of Easter
Apr 19 all-day
Apr
25
Sat
Mark, Evangelist
Apr 25 all-day
Mark, Evangelist

Although Mark was not one of the original twelve, he was a disciple of Jesus. He joined Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, but left early. So Paul refused to take him on his second journey. Instead, Mark went with Barnabas to Cyprus. He was later reconciled with Paul, and became a good friend of Peter. The church of Alexandria claimed Mark as its first bishop and most famous martyr. St. Mark’s Church in Venice commemorates Mark, and he is buried there beneath the altar.

Apr
26
Sun
3rd Sunday of Easter
Apr 26 all-day
May
2
Sat
Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria
May 2 all-day
Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria

Rarely in the history of the church has the course of its development been more significantly determined by one person than it was by Athanasius in the fourth century, when the great statements of our faith were formulated. St. Basil the Great said he was “the God-given physician of the church’s wounds.”
At the Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 325 Athanasius became the champion for the orthodox faith, defending it against the Arians and was successful in winning approval for the phrase in the Nicene Creed—“of one Being with the Father,” which continues to be recognized as the definitive statement of Christ’s divinity.

May
3
Sun
4th Sunday of Easter
May 3 all-day
May
4
Mon
Philip & James, Apostles (from 5/3)
May 4 all-day

The two apostles commemorated today are among those less well known. We have only a few references to them in the Gospels. This James is often referred to as James the Less in order to distinguish him from James, the son of Zebedee and from James “The brother of the Lord,” or perhaps to indicate youth or lack of stature.
Philip had the gift of raising issues that were in everyone’s mind. He questioned Jesus about how he was going to feed the 5000, with no money to buy food. At the Last Supper Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father. He was not the only one who missed that seeing Jesus was the same as seeing his Father.

May
10
Sun
5th Sunday of Easter
May 10 all-day
May
14
Thu
Matthias, Apostle
May 14 all-day

In the nine days of waiting between Jesus’s ascension and the day of Pentecost, the disciples remained together in prayer. During this time, Peter reminded them that the death of Judas had left the fellowship of the Twelve with a vacancy. Two men were nominated, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. After prayer, the disciples cast lots, and Matthias was chosen to join them. And with that, Matthias disappears from recorded history.

May
15
Fri
Matthias, Apostle
May 15 all-day

In the nine days of waiting between Jesus’s ascension and the day of Pentecost, the disciples remained together in prayer. During this time, Peter reminded them that the death of Judas had left the fellowship of the Twelve with a vacancy. Two men were nominated, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. After prayer, the disciples cast lots, and Matthias was chosen to join them. And with that, Matthias disappears from recorded history.

Pachomius, Abbot in Egypt
May 15 all-day
May
17
Sun
6th Sunday of Easter
May 17 all-day
May
21
Thu
The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
May 21 all-day
May
24
Sun
7th Sunday of Easter
May 24 all-day
May
25
Mon
Bede, Priest and Monk
May 25 all-day
May
31
Sun
Pentecost
May 31 all-day