Church Feasts

The Feasts of the Church

The Coptic Orthodox Church is a church of joy, commemorating and celebrating several events in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Church throughout the year.

Seven Major Feasts of the Lord

  • The Annunciation (Paramhat 29, c. April 7)
  • The Nativity of Christ (Christmas, Kiahk 29, c. January 7)
  • The Theophany or the Baptism of Christ (Tuba 11, c. January 19)
  • Palm Sunday
  • The Feast of the Resurrection: It is preceded by the Great Lent (55 days) and is considered by the Coptic Church as “The Feast.”
  • Ascension
  • Pentecost

Seven Minor Feasts of the Lord

  • The Circumcision of our Lord (Tuba 6, c. 14 January)
  • The Entrance of our Lord into the Temple (Amshir 8, c. February 15)
  • The Escape of the Holy family to Egypt (Pashans 24, c. June 1)
  • The First Miracle of our Lord Jesus at Cana Galilee (Tuba 13, c. January 12)
  • The Transfiguration of Christ (Messra 13; c. August 19)
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Thomas’ Sunday: The Sunday after Easter

Monthly Feasts

  • The Church celebrates the commemoration of the Annunciation, Nativity and Resurrection of Christ on the 29th of every Coptic month
  • The commemoration of St. Mary is celebrated on the 21st
  • The feast of Archangel Michael is celebrated on the 12th of every month

Weekly feasts

Every Sunday stands as a true Sabbath (day of rest). There is no abstention from food on Sundays after the celebration of the Eucharist, even during Great Lent.

Feasts of the Saints

Every day of the year is a feast, so that the believers may live in perpetual joy and in communion with the saints. In addition there are other special fasts and occasions:

Feasts of St. Mary

  • The annunciation of her birth (Messra 7, c. August 13)
  • Her Nativity (Pashans 1, c. May 9)
  • Her Presentation into the Temple (Kiahk 3, c. December 12)
  • Her Dormant (Tuba 21, c. January 29)
  • The Ascension of her body (Paona 21, c. June 28)
  • Her apparition over the Church of Zeitoon (Paramhat 24, c. April 2)
  • The apparition of her body to the Apostles (Messra 16, c. August 22)

Other Notable Feasts

  • The Apostles’ Feast (Abib 5, c. July 12)
  • The Nayrouz Feast (1st of Tute, c. September 11)
  • The Two Feasts of the Cross (Tute 17 and Paramhat 10, c. September 27 and March 19)