Journey to Pascha

There are twelve major feasts during the year, but there is only one Feast of Feasts: Pascha! The date on which Pascha falls determines the dates for many significant events in the church year, from the pre-Lenten period through Pentecost.

The preparation for Pascha begins several weeks in advance of Great Lent. Each Sunday leading up to Pascha has its own theme and iconography. Services are more frequent during this period, and many are not offered any other time during the church year. If you are interested in the Orthodox Church, this is a great opportunity to come and explore. Check our calendar on the home page for the full schedule of services.

The Sundays immediately following Pascha also have distinct themes, leading up to the Feast of Pentecost.

Dates for 2019

February 10Zacchaeus Sunday
February 17Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 24Sunday of the Prodigal Son
March 3Meatfare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgment)
March 10Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
March 11Great Lent Begins (Monday)
March 17Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 24Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
March 31Sunday of the Holy Cross
April 7Sunday of St. John Climacus
April 14Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
April 21Palm Sunday (Great Lent ends; Holy Week begins)
April 28Great and Holy Pascha: the Feast of Feasts
May 5St. Thomas Sunday (1st Sunday after Pascha)
May 12The Myrrh-Bearing Women (2nd Sunday after Pascha)
May 19The Paralyzed Man (3rd Sunday after Pascha)
May 26The Samaritan Woman (4th Sunday after Pascha)
June 2The Blind Man (5th Sunday after Pascha)
June 6The Ascension of our Lord (Thursday)
June 9The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (6th Sunday after Pascha)
June 16Pentecost
June 23Sunday of All Saints