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In the Russian Orthodox Church, weddings are not celebrated on certain days or during certain seasons.  This is not out of disdain for marriage, but so as to ensure that days and seasons of spiritual rejoicing or of fasting and repentance are not overshadowed by the joy of a wedding.  As a general rule, the days on which weddings are not permitted by the Russian Orthodox Church are:

  • Tuesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Saturdays
  • the days of Great Lent (seven weeks before Pascha, or Easter)
  • the days of the Apostles’ Fast (beginning on the second Sunday after Pentecost)
  • the days of the Dormition Fast (14-27 August)
  • the days of the Nativity Fast (28 November-7 January)
  • the period between Christmas and Theophany (7-19 January)
  • the days of Cheesefare Week (the week before the beginning of Great Lent)
  • the days of Paschal (or Easter) Week (Bright Week)
  • 14 February (the Eve of the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord)
  • The Eve of the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
  • The Great Feast of Pentecost
  • 10-11 September (the Eve and the Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist)
  • 20 September (the Eve of the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God)
  • 26-27 September (the Eve of the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord, and the day of the Great Feast itself)
  • 13 October (the Eve of the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God)

The dates of some feast-days and fasting periods vary from one year to another.  The parish rector will be able to provide precise dates for a particular year. 

 

In our Australian and New Zealand Diocese, weddings are most commonly celebrated on Sundays and Fridays.  Dates for the Sundays and Fridays available for weddings during 2020, 2021 and 2022 are given below.

 

Readers should note that the availability of a date will also depend on local custom and observances.  In this parish, for example, a wedding would not be possible on 21 May or 22 May, the Eve and the Feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas of Myra in Lycia, the patronal feast of our parish.

As the Nativity Fast begins on Sunday 28 November, that Sunday and all the Sundays in December are unavailable.

As the Nativity Fast begins on Saturday 28 November, all the Fridays in December are unavailable.

As the Nativity Fast continues until Thursday 6 January, Sunday 2 January is unavailable.  Because of the Holy Days from the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Friday 7 January) until the Great Feast of the Baptism of Christ (Wednesday 19 January), Sunday 9 January and Sunday 16 January are unavailable.

 

23 January

30 January

 

6 February

13 February

20 February

27 February

 

As Cheesefare Week begins on Monday 28 February, Sunday 6 March is unavailable.  As Great Lent begins on Monday 7 March, the remaining Sundays in March are unavailable.  

 

As Pascha falls on Sunday 24 April, all four Sundays in April are unavailable.

 

1 May

8 May

15 May

22 May

29 May

 

5 June

 

As Pentecost falls on Sunday 12 June, that Sunday is unavailable.  As Sunday 19 June is the Eve of the Apostles' Fast, that Sunday is unavailable.  As the Apostles' Fast begins on Monday 20 June and continues until Monday 11 July, Sunday 26 June and the first two Sundays in July are unavailable.

 

17 July

24 July

31 July

 

7 August

 

As the Dormition Fast begins on Sunday 14 August and continues until Friday 27 August, Sunday 14 August and Sunday 21 August are unavailable.

 

28 August

 

4 September

 

Corrected 13 January 2022:  As 11 September is the day of commemoration of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, that date is unavailable.

 

18 September NOTE: This will be the day of commemoration of Saints Peter and Fevronia of Murom, patron saints of family, love and faithfulness.

25 September

 

2 October

9 October

16 October

23 October

30 October

 

6 November

13 November

20 November

 

As the Nativity Fast begins on Monday 28 November, Sunday 27 November and all the Sundays in December are unavailable.

As Friday 7 January is the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ, that day is unavailable.  Because of the Holy Days from the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Friday 7 January) until the Great Feast of the Baptism of Christ (Wednesday 19 January), Friday 14 January is unavailable.

 

21 January

28 January

 

4 February

11 February

18 February

25 February

 

As Cheesefare Week begins on Monday 28 February, Friday 4 March is unavailable.  As Great Lent begins on Monday 7 March, the remaining Fridays in March and the first four Fridays in April are unavailable.  

 

Pascha falls on Sunday 24 April.  As Bright Week continues until Saturday 30 April, Friday 29 April is unavailable.

 

6 May

13 May

20 May

27 May

 

3 June

10 June

17 June

 

As the Apostles' Fast begins on Monday 20 June and continues until Monday 11 July, Friday 24 June July and the first two Fridays in July are unavailable.

 

15 July

22 July

29 July

 

5 August

12 August

 

As the Dormition Fast begins on Sunday 14 August and continues until Saturday 27 August, Friday 19 August and Friday 26 August are unavailable.

 

2 September

9 September

16 September

23 September

30 September

 

7 October

14 October

21 October

28 October

 

4 November

11 November

18 November

25 November

 

As the Nativity Fast begins on Monday 28 November, all the Fridays in December are unavailable.

As the Nativity Fast continues until Friday 6 January, Sunday 1 January is unavailable.  Because of the Holy Days from the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Friday 7 January) until the Great Feast of the Baptism of Christ (Thursday 19 January), Sunday 8 January and Sunday 15 January are unavailable.

 

22 January

29 January

 

5 February

12 February

19 February

 

As Cheesefare Week begins on Monday 20 February, Sunday 26 February is unavailable.  As Great Lent begins on Monday 27 February, the four Sundays in March are unavailable.  

 

As Pascha falls on Sunday 16 April, the first three Sundays in April are unavailable.

 

23 April

30 April

 

7 May

14 May

21 May

28 May

 

As Pentecost falls on Sunday 4 June, that Sunday is unavailable.  As Sunday 11 June is the Eve of the Apostles' Fast, that Sunday is unavailable.  As the Apostles' Fast begins on Monday 12 June and continues until Tuesday 11 July, the remaining Sundays in June and the first two Sundays in July are unavailable.

 

16 July

23 July

30 July

 

6 August

 

As the Dormition Fast begins on Monday 14 August and continues until Sunday 27 August, the remaining Sundays in August are unavailable.

 

3 September

 

As Sunday 10 September is the Eve of the Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, this day is unavailable.

 

17 September  NOTE: This will be the day of commemoration of Saints Peter and Fevronia of Murom, patron saints of family, love and faithfulness.

24 September

 

1 October

8 October

15 October

22 October

29 October

 

5 November

12 November

19 November

26 November

 

As the Nativity Fast begins on Tuesday 28 November, all the Sundays in December are unavailable.

As the Nativity Fast continues until Friday 6 January, that day is unavailable.  Because of the Holy Days from the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Saturday 7 January) until the Great Feast of the Baptism of Christ (Thursday 19 January), Friday 13 January is unavailable.

 

20 January

27 January

 

3 February

10 February

17 February

 

As Cheesefare Week begins on Monday 20 February, Friday 24 February is unavailable.  As Great Lent begins on Monday 27 February, the five Fridays in March are unavailable.  

 

As Pascha falls on Sunday 16 April, the first two Fridays in April are unavailable.  As Bright Week continues until Saturday 22 April, Friday 21 April is unavailable.

 

28 April

 

5 May

12 May

19 May

26 May

 

2 June

9 June

 

As the Apostles' Fast begins on Monday 12 June and continues until Tuesday 11 July, the remaining Fridays in June and the first two Fridays in July are unavailable.

 

21 July

28 July

 

4 August

11 August

 

As the Dormition Fast begins on Monday 14 August and continues until Sunday 27 August, the remaining Fridays in August are unavailable.

 

1 September

8 September

15 September

22 September

29 September

 

6 October

 

As Friday 13 October is the Eve of the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, this day is unavailable.

 

20 October

27 October

 

3 November

10 November

17 November

24 November

 

As the Nativity Fast begins on Tuesday 28 November, all the Fridays in December are unavailable.

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