A friend of mine sent me a copy he made of a CD, which recorded a lecture by an Armenian priest about our calendar. Sounds boring, right? That's what I thought, until I started listening to it. It's really interesting. It explains all sorts of stuff I either didn't know, or that I kind of knew but didn't really know well enough.
One of the things he explains, which I kind of knew, but not in detail, is that we have very few holy days which are on fixed calendar dates. There are six of them. I didn't know there were six. I thought it was less. Two of them are Christmas (Jan. 6) and Presentation of Christ to the Temple (Feb. 14.) He said what the other four are, but I can't recall them. I'd have to go back and listen to the CD again to get them. All of the other holy days move around from year to year. An example of this is the feast day of St. Hripsime, which is on the Monday after Pentecost. I mention that in this thread on St. Hripsime, reply #5: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,15818.0.html
Another thing the priest goes into is how, very early on, the Armenian Church looked to Jerusalem for guidance in spiritual matters, and our "lectionary" and "rites" were copied from those of Jerusalem in the fourth century. (I'm not too sure what those two words mean
) Consequently, when scholars want to research the ancient Jerusalem rites and lectionary, they have to look at the Armenian ones, because that's where they have been preserved. He spends a lot of time on this, but I couldn't quite understand it all.
Something that I did understand, though, had to do with what days are allowed to be feast days and saint days. I kind of knew this, but again it was nice to hear it explained. He explained how you can't have feast days or saint days on Wed. or Fri. On Sunday, you can have a feast day, like Easter, but no saint days. So the only days you ever have saint days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. During Lent, it's only Saturdays.
So now I have a question. (I didn't start this thread just to tell about a lecture I heard.
) The question I have is, are there other Churches which restrict their feast and saint days to only certain days? I don't think the EO's have this restriction. Also, when I look at the Coptic calendar I have, I see saint days on all the days. So what about the Ethiopian Church or the Syriac or Indian Churches? Does anyone know?