Period 1 - Nativity

The liturgical calendar begins with the Nativity period, which is the period before Christmas. There are eight weeks in this period, two weeks set aside for the sanctification and dedication of the Church at the beginning of the liturgical year and six weeks for the events leading up to Christmas. The feast of the Consecration of the Church (Koodhosh Eetho) is eight Sundays before Christmas and falls on either the last Sunday of October (if that Sunday is the 30th or 31st of the month) or the first Sunday of the November; in 2006 for example, this feast was on November 5th. The next Sunday is the feast of the Dedication of the Church (Hoodhosh Eetho).

Following these two weeks, we turn our focus to the nativity period and commemorate the main events preceding the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, which includes the Annunciation of the birth of St. John the Baptist to St. Zachariah, the Annuncation to the Blessed Mother, St. Mary, the visitation of St. Mary to St. Elizabeth, the birth of St. John the Baptist, and the revelation to St. Joseph. After these Sundays, comes the Sunday before Christmas, when the geneology of our Lord is read, and then the feast of the birth of our Lord (Yeldho) which is celebrated on December 25th. The fast of the Nativity begins on December 1st and lasts till December 25th - Christmas Day.

Koodhosh Eetho

Evening
  • St. Mark 8: 27 -33
Morning
  • St. John 21: 15 - 22
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Exodus 33: 7-11
  • Exodus 40: 17-38
  • Isaiah 6: 1 - 8
Holy Qurbana
  • I Peter 2: 1-12
  • I Corinthians 3: 16-17, 6: 15 -20
  • St. Matthew 16:13-23

Hoodhosh Eetho

Evening
  • St. Luke 19: 47- 20: 8
Morning
  • St. Mark 12: 41-44
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Exodus 33: 7-11
  • I Kings : 8 :22 - 40
  • Isaiah 55: 1- 13
Holy Qurbana
  • Acts 7: 44 -53 or Revelation 3:14-22
  • Hebrews 9: 1-14
  • St. John 10: 22 - 38

Annunciation to St. Zachariah

Evening
  • St. Matthew 19: 3-12
Morning
  • St. Luke 10: 38 – 42
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Genesis 2: 18-25
  • Genesis 17: 15-22
  • Numbers 8: 13-20
  • Ruth 1 : 11-18
  • I Samuel 1: 9-17
  • Psalms 133 : 1-3
  • Isaiah 41: 8-15
Holy Qurbana
  • II Peter 1: 1-15
  • Ephesians 5: 21 -6: 4
  • St. Luke 1: 5 - 25

Annunciation to St. Mary the Mother of God

Evening
  • St. Luke 8: 16- 21
Morning
  • St. Mark 3: 31-35
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Genesis 28: 10 -22
  • Judges 13: 2-14
  • Zechariah 2: 10-13, 4: 1-7, 8: 3
  • Isaiah 63: 15-64: 5
Holy Qurbana
  • I John 3: 2-17
  • Galatians:4: 1-7
  • Hebrew 2 : 14-18
  • St. Luke 1: 26-38

St. Mary's visit to St. Elizabeth

Evening
  • St. Luke8: 1- 3
Morning
  • St. Luke10: 38-42
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Genesis 1: 24 - 31, 24: 15-38
  • Judges 4: 4 -16
  • 1 Samuel 25 :1-35
  • II Kings 5: 1 -5
  • Ester 4:1- 17
  • Proverbs 14: 1 : 19 : 14 : 31 : 10 -31
Holy Qurbana
  • I Peter 3: 1 -7
  • I Timothy 2: 9 - 15 , 3:11 -13
  • St. Luke 1:39-56

Birth of St. John the Baptist

Evening
  • St. Mark 10 : 13-16
Morning
  • St. Matthew 11: 11-19
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Genesis21: 1-21
  • Exodus 2:1-10
  • 1 Samuel 1 : 20-28 , 2 : 18 -26
  • Psalm s127 : 1 -5
  • Isaiah 62: 1-12
Holy Qurbana
  • I John 3:1-3
  • Ephesians6: 1-4;
  • Colosians 3: 20-21
  • St. Luke 1:57-80

Annunciation to St. Joseph

Evening
  • St. John 6:30-46
Morning
  • St. John 6:30-46
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Genesis13: 1-11
  • Isaiah1: 2 - 9
Holy Qurbana
  • I Peter 2: 11 -17
  • Galatians1: 11-24
  • St. Matthew 1: 18-25

Sunday before Christmas

Evening
  • St. Matthew 1: 1- 18
Morning
  • St. John 1:1-18
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Genesis 46: 8-27
  • I Kings 9: 3-7
  • Isaiah 7: 14-15, 11: 1 -9
Holy Qurbana
  • Acts 3: 16-26
  • Romans 4: 13-25
  • Galatians 4 ;18-20
  • St. Luke 3: 23-38

Yeldho / Incarnation of our Lord

Evening
  • St. John 1:1-18
By the fire-pit
  • Hebrews 1: 1-12
  • St. Luke 2: 1-14
Morning
  • St. Luke 2: 15-20
Before Holy Qurbana
  • Genesis 21: 1-8
  • Micah 5:5 1- 4
  • Isaiah 9: 1-7
Holy Qurbana
  • I John 1: 1- 10
  • Galatians3: 23- 4 :7
  • St. Matthew 2: 1-12