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 2021

February 14 Zacchaeus Sunday
February 21 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 28 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
March 7 Meatfare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgment)
March 14 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
March 15 Great Lent Begins (Monday)
March 21 Triumph of Orthodoxy
March 28 Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
April 4 Sunday of the Holy Cross
April 18 Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
April 25 Palm Sunday (Great Lent ends; Holy Week begins)
May 2 Great and Holy Pascha: the Feast of Feasts
May 9 St. Thomas Sunday (1st Sunday after Pascha)
May 16 The Myrrh-Bearing Women (2nd Sunday after Pascha)
May 23 The Paralyzed Man (3rd Sunday after Pascha)
May 30 The Samaritan Woman (4th Sunday after Pascha)
June 6 The Blind Man (5th Sunday after Pascha)
June 10 The Ascension of our Lord (Thursday)
June 13 The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (6th Sunday after Pascha)
June 20 Pentecost
June 27 Sunday of All Saints