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 2020

February 2 Zacchaeus Sunday
February 9 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 16 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 23 Meatfare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgment)
March 1 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
March 2 Great Lent Begins (Monday)
March 8 Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 15 Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
March 22 Sunday of the Holy Cross
April 5 Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
April 12 Sunday of St. John Climacus
April 12 Palm Sunday (Great Lent ends; Holy Week begins)
April 19 Great and Holy Pascha: the Feast of Feasts
April 26 St. Thomas Sunday (1st Sunday after Pascha)
May 3 The Myrrh-Bearing Women (2nd Sunday after Pascha)
May 10 The Paralyzed Man (3rd Sunday after Pascha)
May 17 The Samaritan Woman (4th Sunday after Pascha)
May 24 The Blind Man (5th Sunday after Pascha)
May 28 The Ascension of our Lord (Thursday)
May 31 The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (6th Sunday after Pascha)
June 7 Pentecost
June 14 Sunday of All Saints