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This page honors Feasts of the Lord Jesus Christ. While Easter is treated as Feast of Feasts, the following eight feasts of the Lord Jesus Christ are assigned the highest rank of the Great Feasts in the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendars:
Feasts of the Lord Jesus Christ are specific days of the year distinguished in the liturgical calendar as being significant days for the celebration of events in the life of Jesus Christ and his veneration, for the commemoration of His relics, signs and miracles. While Easter is treated everywhere as the central religious feast in the Christian liturgical year., the other feasts are differed in the liturgical practice.
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Feast days of Jesus in the Catholic Church

Among the feasts of the same rite there is a difference in dignity. The Catholic liturgical practice follows the decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites (August 22, 1893) which differs between:

  • primary feasts, which commemorate the principal mysteries of our religion, or celebrate the death of a saint, and
  • secondary feasts, the object of which is a particular feature of a mystery

The list of primary and secondary feasts is also found in the introduction to the Roman Breviary.

The Catholic Encyclopedia points out that «within the two classes mentioned the feasts of Christ take the first place, especially those with privileged vigils and octaves:

  •   Christmas
  •   6 January: Epiphany of the Lord
  •   Easter
  •   Pentecost: seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday[3]
  •   Corpus Christi

then follow the feasts of the Blessed Virgin, the Holy Angels, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, the Apostles and Evangelists, and the other saints».

Since the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar for the Ordinary Form of the Mass has distinguished only four ranks of celebrations: solemnities, feasts, memorials, and optional memorials. Most of the celebrations of events in the life of Christ are ranked as solemnities. However, there are a few celebrations related to titles or mysteries of the Lord which are ranked as feasts, and these are known collectively as "Feasts of the Lord." In the current General Calendar from the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, these are:

  • The Baptism of the Lord, celebrated on the Sunday after January 6 (or, where the Solemnity of the Epiphany is transferred to the Sunday that occurs on January 7 or 8, on the following Monday)
  • The Presentation of the Lord, celebrated on February 2
  • The Transfiguration of the Lord, celebrated on August 6
  • The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated on September 14
  • The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, celebrated on November 9. (This is a feast of the Lord because the basilica was originally dedicated under the title of the Most Holy Savior.)
  • The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, or, if there is no Sunday, December 30.
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Feast days of Jesus in the Orthodox Church

Three main categories of feasts, distinguished in the Orthodox liturgical practice, namely

  • Feasts of the Lord Jesus Christ (Russian: Господские праздники, or Russian: Владычные праздники)
  • Feasts of the Theotokos (Russian: Богородичные праздники; by definition same to Marian feast days, the actual set differs between Catholic and Orthodox Churches)
  • Feasts of Saints

While Easter is treated as Feast of Feasts, the following eight feasts of the Lord Jesus Christ are assigned the highest rank of the Great Feasts in the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendars:

  •   Feast of the Cross — 14 (27) September
  •   Christmas — 25 December (7 January)
  •   Baptism of Jesus — 6 (19) January
  •   Presentation of Jesus at the Temple — 2 (15) February
  •   Palm Sunday — (Moveable feast)
  •   Ascension of Jesus — (Moveable feast)
  •   Pentecost — (Moveable feast)
  •   Transfiguration of Jesus — 6 (19)
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