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 2022

February 6Zacchaeus Sunday
February 13Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 20Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 27Meatfare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgment)
March 6Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
March 7Great Lent Begins (Monday)
March 13Triumph of Orthodoxy
March 20Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
March 27Sunday of the Holy Cross
April 10Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
April 17Palm Sunday (Great Lent ends; Holy Week begins)
April 24Great and Holy Pascha: the Feast of Feasts
May 1St. Thomas Sunday (1st Sunday after Pascha)
May 8The Myrrh-Bearing Women (2nd Sunday after Pascha)
May 15The Paralyzed Man (3rd Sunday after Pascha)
May 22The Samaritan Woman (4th Sunday after Pascha)
May 29The Blind Man (5th Sunday after Pascha)
June 2The Ascension of our Lord (Thursday)
June 5The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (6th Sunday after Pascha)
June 12Pentecost
June 19Sunday of All Saints