St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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 2018

January 21Zacchaeus Sunday
January 28Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 4Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 11Meatfare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgment)
February 18Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
February 19Great Lent Begins (Monday)
February 25Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 4Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
March 11Sunday of the Holy Cross
March 18Sunday of St. John Climacus
March 25Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
April 1Palm Sunday (Great Lent ends; Holy Week begins)
April 8Great and Holy Pascha: the Feast of Feasts
April 15St. Thomas Sunday (1st Sunday after Pascha)
April 22The Myrrh-Bearing Women (2nd Sunday after Pascha)
April 29The Paralyzed Man (3rd Sunday after Pascha)
May 6The Samaritan Woman (4th Sunday after Pascha)
May 13The Blind Man (5th Sunday after Pascha)
May 17The Ascension of our Lord (Thursday)
May 20The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (6th Sunday after Pascha)
May 27Pentecost
June 3Sunday of All Saints