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Gregorian Lunar Calendar 2005/06
Western Christian festivals and Sundays
November 2005 - December 2006


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It is a little-known fact that the Gregorian calendar reform set up a fully functioning lunar calendar, though it did not specify names for the months, perhaps because most feast days are kept according to the solar calendar. So, here the name Paschal Moon is used for the month containing Easter, the centre of the whole calendar, and the other months are numbered relative to the Paschal Moon. Below this in most cases are suggestions for month names, based on liturgical seasons, and on saints whose days always, or almost always, fall in that particular month. Climatic seasons are avoided because they vary across our planet. If you know of Christian lunar month names already in use, or have suggestions of your own, do share them for posting on this page. Although these lunar months are not used apart from the calculation of Easter, it is interesting to see the Christian cycle shown in their context. 12 or 13 months are shown in such a way that the whole of the liturgical year is covered.

Alongside Sundays and other important Christian dates are saints’ days that are especially celebrated in particular countries, and are often public holidays there. The Orthodox Churches have continued to use the pre-Gregorian Julian Calendar, although the Greek Orthodox Church has been using it only for the date of Easter and related festivals. Do look on the Julian Calendar page for these.

There are plans afoot by the Western and Orthodox Churches to move to a new agreed way of reckoning Easter, which would end the practice of two different dates for this most important festival. This would abandon the Gregorian Lunar Calendar in favour of astronomical prediction: the Sunday following the Jerusalem meridian (GMT plus 2h 21m) day of the first full moon after the March equinox. More information about this, and a proposal for Easter to be defined once more as the Sunday after Passover.

Following the Revised Common Lectionary, there is a cycle of three years of Bible readings. The years are lettered A, B and C, and start on Advent Sunday. Year A starts on Advent Sunday in a year divisible by three. Each year provides a semi-continuous reading of one of the synoptic gospels at the Sunday Mass / Eucharist / Service. Year B is the year of St Mark.

Anglican names for the Sundays are used.

<2005

Paschal Moon +8 2005 (Year B starts on Advent Sunday)
First Moon
03 November - 01 December 2005

01Thu03 Nov 16Fri18 Nov 
02Fri04 Nov 17Sat19 Nov 
03Sat05 Nov 18Sun20 NovChrist the King
04Sun06 Nov3rd Sunday before Advent19Mon21 NovPresentation of Mary
05Mon07 Nov 20Tue22 Nov 
06Tue08 Nov 21Wed23 Nov 
07Wed09 Nov 22Thu24 Nov 
08Thu10 Nov 23Fri25 Nov 
09Fri11 NovMartinmas24Sat26 Nov 
10Sat12 Nov 25Sun27 NovAdvent Sunday (Year B)
11Sun13 Nov2nd Sunday before Advent26Mon28 Nov 
12Mon14 Nov 27Tue29 Nov 
13Tue15 Nov 28Wed30 NovSt Andrew’s Day (Scotland)
14Wed16 Nov 29Thu01 Dec 
15Thu17 Nov     

 

Paschal Moon +9 2005/06 (Year B)
St John’s Moon
02 - 31 December 2005

01Fri02 Dec 16Sat17 Dec 
02Sat03 Dec 17Sun18 Dec4th Sunday of Advent
03Sun04 Dec2nd Sunday of Advent18Mon19 Dec 
04Mon05 Dec 19Tue20 Dec 
05Tue06 DecSt Nicholas’ Day20Wed21 Dec 
06Wed07 Dec 21Thu22 Dec 
07Thu08 DecImmaculate Conception22Fri23 Dec 
08Fri09 Dec 23Sat24 DecChristmas Eve
09Sat10 Dec 24Sun25 Dec1st Sunday of Christmas,
Christmas
10Sun11 Dec3rd Sunday of Advent25Mon26 DecBoxing Day / St Stephen’s Day,
Christmas Holiday, USA
11Mon12 Dec 26Tue27 DecChristmas Holiday, GB,
Feast of St John the Evangelist
12Tue13 DecSt Lucia’s Day27Wed28 DecHoly Innocents
13Wed14 Dec 28Thu29 Dec 
14Thu15 Dec 29Fri30 Dec 
15Fri16 Dec 30Sat31 Dec 

 

Paschal Moon +10 2006 (Year B)
Epiphany Moon
01 - 30 January 2006

01Sun01 Jan2nd Sunday of Christmas,
Mary, Mother of God,
Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
16Mon16 Jan 
02Mon02 Jan 17Tue17 Jan 
03Tue03 Jan 18Wed18 Jan 
04Wed04 Jan 19Thu19 Jan 
05Thu05 JanTwelfth Night20Fri20 Jan 
06Fri06 JanEpiphany21Sat21 JanSt Agnes’ Day
07Sat07 Jan 22Sun22 Jan3rd Sunday of Epiphany
08Sun08 JanBaptism of Christ / 1st Sunday of Epiphany23Mon23 Jan 
09Mon09 Jan 24Tue24 Jan 
10Tue10 Jan 25Wed25 JanConversion of St Paul
11Wed11 Jan 26Thu26 Jan 
12Thu12 Jan 27Fri27 JanSt Dévote’s Day (Monaco)
13Fri13 Jan 28Sat28 Jan 
14Sat14 Jan 29Sun29 Jan4th Sunday of Epiphany
15Sun15 Jan2nd Sunday of Epiphany30Mon30 Jan 

 

Paschal Moon -2 2006 (Year B)
Septuagesima Moon, St Adelaide’s Moon
31 January - 28 February 2006

01Tue31 Jan 16Wed15 Feb 
02Wed01 FebSt Brigit’s Day17Thu16 Feb 
03Thu02 FebCandlemas18Fri17 Feb 
04Fri03 Feb 19Sat18 Feb 
05Sat04 Feb 20Sun19 Feb2nd Sunday before Lent
06Sun05 Feb4th Sunday before Lent,
Proper 1,
St Agatha’s Day (San Marino)
21Mon20 Feb 
07Mon06 Feb 22Tue21 Feb 
08Tue07 Feb 23Wed22 Feb 
09Wed08 Feb 24Thu23 Feb 
10Thu09 Feb 25Fri24 Feb 
11Fri10 FebSt Paul’s Shipwreck, Malta26Sat25 Feb 
12Sat11 Feb 27Sun26 FebSunday next before Lent
13Sun12 Feb3rd Sunday before Lent,
Proper 2
28Mon27 FebRosenmontag
14Mon13 Feb 29Tue28 FebMardi Gras
15Tue14 FebSt Valentine’s Day    

 

Paschal Moon -1 2006 (Year B)
Lent Moon
01 - 30 March 2006

01Wed01 MarAsh Wednesday,
St David’s Day (Wales)
16Thu16 Mar 
02Thu02 Mar 17Fri17 MarSt Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
03Fri03 Mar 18Sat18 Mar 
04Sat04 Mar 19Sun19 Mar3rd Sunday of Lent,
St Joseph’s Day
05Sun05 Mar1st Sunday of Lent,
St Piran’s Day (Cornwall)
20Mon20 Mar 
06Mon06 Mar 21Tue21 Mar 
07Tue07 Mar 22Wed22 Mar 
08Wed08 Mar 23Thu23 Mar 
09Thu09 Mar 24Fri24 Mar 
10Fri10 Mar 25Sat25 MarLady Day / Annunciation
11Sat11 Mar 26Sun26 Mar4th Sunday of Lent / Mothering Sunday
12Sun12 Mar2nd Sunday of Lent27Mon27 Mar 
13Mon13 Mar 28Tue28 Mar 
14Tue14 Mar 29Wed29 Mar 
15Wed15 Mar 30Thu30 Mar 

 

Paschal Moon 2006 (Year B)
Paschal Moon
31 March - 28 April 2006

01Fri31 Mar 16Sat15 AprEaster Eve
02Sat01 Apr 17Sun16 AprEaster
03Sun02 Apr5th Sunday of Lent18Mon17 AprEaster Monday
04Mon03 Apr 19Tue18 Apr 
05Tue04 Apr 20Wed19 Apr 
06Wed05 Apr 21Thu20 Apr 
07Thu06 Apr 22Fri21 Apr 
08Fri07 Apr 23Sat22 Apr 
09Sat08 Apr 24Sun23 Apr2nd Sunday of Easter,
St George’s Day (England)
10Sun09 AprPalm Sunday25Mon24 Apr 
11Mon10 Apr 26Tue25 AprSt Mark’s Day
12Tue11 Apr 27Wed26 Apr 
13Wed12 Apr 28Thu27 Apr 
14Thu13 AprMaundy Thursday29Fri28 Apr 
15Fri14 AprGood Friday    

 

Paschal Moon +1 2006 (Year B)
Rogation Moon, Risen Moon, St Hilary’s Moon
29 April - 28 May 2006

01Sat29 Apr 16Sun14 May5th Sunday of Easter,
St Matthias’ Day
02Sun30 Apr3rd Sunday of Easter17Mon15 May 
03Mon01 MayFeast of SS Philip and James18Tue16 May 
04Tue02 May 19Wed17 May 
05Wed03 May 20Thu18 May 
06Thu04 May 21Fri19 May 
07Fri05 May 22Sat20 May 
08Sat06 May 23Sun21 May6th Sunday of Easter / Rogation Sunday
09Sun07 May4th Sunday of Easter24Mon22 May 
10Mon08 May 25Tue23 May 
11Tue09 May 26Wed24 May 
12Wed10 May 27Thu25 MayAscension Day
13Thu11 May 28Fri26 May 
14Fri12 MayGeneral Prayer Day, Denmark29Sat27 May 
15Sat13 May 30Sun28 May7th Sunday of Easter

 

Paschal Moon +2 2006 (Year B)
Pentecost Moon
29 May - 26 June 2006

01Mon29 May 16Tue13 JunSt Anthony’s Day (Lisbon)
02Tue30 May 17Wed14 Jun 
03Wed31 MayVisitation18Thu15 JunCorpus Christi
04Thu01 Jun 19Fri16 Jun 
05Fri02 Jun 20Sat17 Jun 
06Sat03 Jun 21Sun18 Jun1st Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 6
07Sun04 JunPentecost22Mon19 Jun 
08Mon05 JunWhit Monday23Tue20 Jun 
09Tue06 Jun 24Wed21 Jun 
10Wed07 Jun 25Thu22 Jun 
11Thu08 Jun 26Fri23 JunSacred Heart of Jesus
12Fri09 Jun 27Sat24 JunImmaculate Heart of Mary,
Midsummer Day / St John’s Day (John the Baptist)
13Sat10 Jun 28Sun25 Jun2nd Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 7
14Sun11 JunTrinity Sunday,
St Barnabas’ Day
29Mon26 Jun 
15Mon12 Jun     

 

Paschal Moon +3 2006 (Year B)
St Thomas’ Moon
27 June - 26 July 2006

01Tue27 Jun 16Wed12 Jul 
02Wed28 Jun 17Thu13 Jul 
03Thu29 JunFeast of SS Peter and Paul18Fri14 Jul 
04Fri30 Jun 19Sat15 Jul 
05Sat01 Jul 20Sun16 Jul5th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 10
06Sun02 Jul3rd Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 8
21Mon17 Jul 
07Mon03 JulSt Thomas’ Day22Tue18 Jul 
08Tue04 Jul 23Wed19 Jul 
09Wed05 JulFeast of SS Cyril & Methodius (Czech Republic, Slovakia)24Thu20 Jul 
10Thu06 Jul 25Fri21 Jul 
11Fri07 Jul 26Sat22 JulSt Mary Magdalene’s Day
12Sat08 Jul 27Sun23 Jul6th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 11
13Sun09 Jul4th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 9
28Mon24 Jul 
14Mon10 Jul 29Tue25 JulSt James of Compostela (Spain)
15Tue11 Jul 30Wed26 Jul 

 

Paschal Moon +4 2006 (Year B)
Lammas Moon
27 July - 24 August 2006

01Thu27 Jul 16Fri11 Aug 
02Fri28 Jul 17Sat12 Aug 
03Sat29 Jul 18Sun13 Aug9th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 14
04Sun30 Jul7th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 12
19Mon14 Aug 
05Mon31 Jul 20Tue15 AugAssumption
06Tue01 Aug 21Wed16 Aug 
07Wed02 Aug 22Thu17 Aug 
08Thu03 Aug 23Fri18 Aug 
09Fri04 Aug 24Sat19 Aug 
10Sat05 Aug 25Sun20 Aug10th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 15
11Sun06 Aug8th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 13,
Transfiguration
26Mon21 Aug 
12Mon07 Aug 27Tue22 Aug 
13Tue08 Aug 28Wed23 Aug 
14Wed09 Aug 29Thu24 AugSt Bartholomew’s Day
15Thu10 Aug     

 

Paschal Moon +5 2006 (Year B)
St Aidan’s Moon
25 August - 23 September 2006

01Fri25 Aug 16Sat09 Sep 
02Sat26 Aug 17Sun10 Sep13th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 18
03Sun27 Aug11th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 16
18Mon11 Sep 
04Mon28 Aug 19Tue12 Sep 
05Tue29 Aug 20Wed13 Sep 
06Wed30 Aug 21Thu14 SepHoly Cross Day
07Thu31 Aug 22Fri15 SepOur Lady of Sorrows (Slovakia)
08Fri01 Sep 23Sat16 Sep 
09Sat02 Sep 24Sun17 Sep14th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 19
10Sun03 Sep12th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 17
25Mon18 Sep 
11Mon04 Sep 26Tue19 Sep 
12Tue05 Sep 27Wed20 Sep 
13Wed06 Sep 28Thu21 SepSt Matthew’s Day
14Thu07 Sep 29Fri22 Sep 
15Fri08 SepBirth of Mary30Sat23 Sep 

 

Paschal Moon +6 2006 (Year B)
Michaelmas Moon
24 September - 22 October 2006

01Sun24 Sep15th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 20
16Mon09 Oct 
02Mon25 Sep 17Tue10 Oct 
03Tue26 Sep 18Wed11 Oct 
04Wed27 Sep 19Thu12 Oct 
05Thu28 Sep 20Fri13 Oct 
06Fri29 SepMichaelmas Day21Sat14 Oct 
07Sat30 Sep 22Sun15 Oct18th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 23
08Sun01 Oct16th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 21
23Mon16 Oct 
09Mon02 Oct 24Tue17 Oct 
10Tue03 Oct 25Wed18 OctSt Luke’s Day
11Wed04 Oct 26Thu19 Oct 
12Thu05 Oct 27Fri20 Oct 
13Fri06 Oct 28Sat21 Oct 
14Sat07 Oct 29Sun22 Oct19th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 24
15Sun08 Oct17th Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 22
    

 

Paschal Moon +7 2006 (Year B)
Last Moon
23 October - 21 November 2006

01Mon23 Oct 16Tue07 Nov 
02Tue24 Oct 17Wed08 Nov 
03Wed25 Oct 18Thu09 Nov 
04Thu26 Oct 19Fri10 Nov 
05Fri27 Oct 20Sat11 NovMartinmas
06Sat28 OctFeast of SS Simon and Jude21Sun12 Nov3rd Sunday before Advent
07Sun29 OctLast Sunday after Trinity,
Proper 25
22Mon13 Nov 
08Mon30 Oct 23Tue14 Nov 
09Tue31 Oct 24Wed15 Nov 
10Wed01 NovAll Saints25Thu16 Nov 
11Thu02 NovAll Souls26Fri17 Nov 
12Fri03 Nov 27Sat18 Nov 
13Sat04 Nov 28Sun19 Nov2nd Sunday before Advent
14Sun05 Nov4th Sunday before Advent / All Saints Sunday29Mon20 Nov 
15Mon06 Nov 30Tue21 NovPresentation of Mary

 

Paschal Moon +8 2006 (Year C starts on Advent Sunday)
First Moon
22 November - 20 December 2006

01Wed22 Nov 16Thu07 Dec 
02Thu23 Nov 17Fri08 DecImmaculate Conception
03Fri24 Nov 18Sat09 Dec 
04Sat25 Nov 19Sun10 Dec2nd Sunday of Advent
05Sun26 NovChrist the King20Mon11 Dec 
06Mon27 Nov 21Tue12 Dec 
07Tue28 Nov 22Wed13 DecSt Lucia’s Day
08Wed29 Nov 23Thu14 Dec 
09Thu30 NovSt Andrew’s Day (Scotland)24Fri15 Dec 
10Fri01 Dec 25Sat16 Dec 
11Sat02 Dec 26Sun17 Dec3rd Sunday of Advent
12Sun03 DecAdvent Sunday (Year C)27Mon18 Dec 
13Mon04 Dec 28Tue19 Dec 
14Tue05 Dec 29Wed20 Dec 
15Wed06 DecSt Nicholas’ Day    

<2005

updated December 2005