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 2024

February 18Zacchaeus Sunday
February 25Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
March 3Sunday of the Prodigal Son
March 10Meatfare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgment)
March 17Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
March 18Great Lent Begins (Monday)
March 24Triumph of Orthodoxy
March 31Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
April 7Sunday of the Holy Cross
April 21Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
April 28Palm Sunday (Great Lent ends; Holy Week begins)
May 5Great and Holy Pascha: the Feast of Feasts
May 12St. Thomas Sunday (1st Sunday after Pascha)
May 19The Myrrh-Bearing Women (2nd Sunday after Pascha)
May 26The Paralyzed Man (3rd Sunday after Pascha)
June 2The Samaritan Woman (4th Sunday after Pascha)
June 9The Blind Man (5th Sunday after Pascha)
June 13The Ascension of our Lord (Thursday)
June 16The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (6th Sunday after Pascha)
June 23Pentecost
June 30Sunday of All Saints