As a student of western medieval liturgy and monastic spirituality, I have long loved the interplay between the temporal and sanctoral cycles, linear and cyclical time, chronos and kairos. I want to start posting more about the great feasts of the Church year, especially in these first years of being Orthodox, when I’m still getting used to living and observing them rather than knowing about them and wishing they had any practical place in my life, and while the contrasts between East and West still strike me. So here is the scheme for the forthcoming Dormition fast:
Today (13 August/31 July) is the Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious and Life-giving Cross of the Lord.
Tomorrow (14/1 August) is the Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord with the Little Blessing of Waters, the Blessing of Honey, the Feast of the Baptism of Rus and the beginning of the Dormition fast.
Wednesday (18/5 August) is the Forefeast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Thursday (19/6 August) is the Feast of the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord. (fish allowed)
The Afterfeast of the Transfiguration is a full octave, until Thursday 26/13 August, the Apodosis of the Transfiguration.
Friday 27/14 August is the Forefeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
Saturday 28/15 August is the Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady mother of God (Theotokos) and Ever-Virgin Mary, and the end of the fast.