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