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Pascha Cycle Triodion Prophon-
isimon
Sundays
Great
Lent
Transition
Period
Palm
Sun.
Shanee-
neh
Great
and
Holy
Week
Pascha Ascension Pentecost

 

Sunday Pascha 2d 3rd 4th Mid
Pente-
cost
5th 6th Ascen-
sion
7th 2d
Sat.
Dead
8th
Pente-
cost
Vesper
Kneel
Prayer

 

Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1

Pascha Cycle

Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClassSaints
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Theotokos

Apostles

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven on the Fortieth Day after His glorious Resurrection, which is celebrated on Holy and Glorious Pascha.

Before His Ascension into Heaven, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

  • Instructed the disciples to baptise all nations
  • Promised to send the Holy God the Holy Spirit
  • Assured them that He would be with us always, until the end of the ages

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

TROPARION (TONE 4)
You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened Your Disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through Your blessing they were confirmed in their belief that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

Apostolos

Acts 1:1-12

Gospel

Lk. 24:36-53

Antiphon

Palsm 117
0 Son of God, who ascended in glory to heaven, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.
Khallisna Yabnallah, Ya Man sa'eda 'anna bemajdin ila samawaat, nahnul muran-neemeena Laka, Halleloueya.

Relation to Great Feast of Pentecost

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ told the Apostles and disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were "clothed with power from on high".
Also, we await the coming of the Holy Spirit on Great Feast of Pentecost.

Prayer

May Christ our True God, who gloriously ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father for our salvation, have mercy on us and bless us, for He is good and He loves all people, now and every and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Pascha Cycle

The Great Feast of the Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is within the Pascha Cycle. The Great Feast of the Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is the Fortieth day of the Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha. The Ascension is between Holy and Glorious Pascha and the Great Feast of Pentecost. The Great Feast of the Ascension is the Fortiethth Day of Pascha and ten days before the Great Feast of Pentecost.
Also, the Ascension is between the Sixth Sunday of Holy and Glorious Pascha or Sunday of the Man Born Blind and the Seventh Sunday of Holy and Glorious Pascha or Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council Sunday.

The Great Feast of the Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ ends the Pascha celebration.

How to determine when the Great Feast of the Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ occurs

Date of Pascha

Feasts of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle in Latin Catholic Dominated Countries

Some important dates in Feasts of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Cycle in Latin Catholic Dominated Countries for the years 2000-2010.

Pascal Greeting, Pascal Troparion, Feasting, the Doors and Curtains of the Ikonostasis are Open, Paschal Candle from the Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha until the beginning of the Vespers of the Great Feast of the Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

For the Forty Days from the Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha (Feasts of Feasts) to the Great Feast of the Ascension, we celebrate the Holy and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ from the dead. By His death He has trampled upon death and given life to the world. By breaking down the gates of Hades, He has opened Heaven to all.

We greet each other by saying "Christ is risen! He is truly risen!" or "Al Masiah Qaam! Haqqan Qaam! / Al Massihu Qam! Haqqan Qam!" or "Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!".

Also, we say "Glory to His Resurrection on the Third Day! We glorify His Resurrection on the Third Day!".

Finally, we sing the Troparion of Pascha repeatedly in the Divine Liturgy ("Christ is risen from the dead and by His death He has trampled upon death, and has given life to those who are in the tombs!"),

We feast for Forty Days! We do not fast, not even on Fridays. Fasting is forbidden.

The doors and curtains of the ikonostasis remain open. This action is to symbolize how Christ's Resurrection has opened Heaven.

The Paschal Candle, the first one lit by the New Light of Pascha, burns brightly on the Holy Table.

Standing from the Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha until the Great Feast of Pentecost

We stand! We do not kneel. Kneeling is forbidden until the beginning of the Vespers of the Great Feast of Pentecost.

These prayers ask the Lord Jesus Christ to send the Holy Spirit also upon us, to empower us to do His will in all aspects of our lives. They are called the "Kneeling Prayers" because they mark the first time we kneel after the 50-day celebration of the Resurrection.

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Sundays of Pascha or Pascha Cycle
Sunday
of
Pascha
Day
after
Sunday
of
Pascha
Sunday
after
Pascha
Day of
Pascha
NameApostolosGospelToneSaint
1 01PaschaActs
1:1-9
Jn.
1:1-17
0 
Bright
Monday
Vespers
  1   0 
Bright
Monday
Monday
after
Pascha
 2New
Monday
Acts
1:12-17,
21-28
Jn.
1:18-28
0 
Bright
Week
Mon. - Sat.
after
Pascha
 2-7New
Week
manymany0 
2 18Thomas
Sunday
Bright
Sunday
New
Sunday
Acts
5:12-20
Jn.
20:19-31
1Holy
Glorious
Apostle
Thomas
3 215Myrhh-
Bearing
Women
Acts
6:1-7
Mk.
15:43-16:8
2Perfume-
bearing
Woman
Mary
Magdalen,
Equal of
Apostles
4 322ParalyticActs
9:32-42
Jn.
5:1-15
3 
Mid
Pentecost
Wed.
after
4
Sunday
 25Middle
feast
Acts
14:6-18
Jn.
7:14-30
3 
5 429Samaritan
Woman
Acts
11:19-30
Jn.
4:5-42
4 
6 536Man Born
Blind
Acts
16:16-34
Jn.
9:1-38
5 
Great
Feast
Ascension
into
Heaven
Our Lord,
God and
Savior
Jesus
Christ
Thurs.
after
6
Sunday
 40th
day
Pascha

10
days
before
Pente-
cost
 Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
6Theotokos

Apostles
7 643Fathers
First
Ecumen-
ical
Council
Acts
20:16-18
27-36
Jn.
17:1-13
7 
2
Sat.
Dead
Sat.
after
7
Sunday
 49th
day
Pascha

1 day
before
Pente-
cost
     
8 750PentecostActs
2:1-11
Jn.
7:37-52,
8:12
8Theotokos

Apostles

 

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Annun-
ciation
of
Theotokos
Ever
Virgin Mary
Jesus
Christ's

conception
in
human
form
Incar-
nation.
Future
Theotokos'
accepting
Holy God's will
saying yes
to Holy God.
Holy God
becomes
human
Incar-
nation.
Beginning
of process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
2:11-18
Lk.
1:24-38
25
March
Great
Feast
Class
2
Nativity
According
to Flesh
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
Jesus
Christ
being born
in human
form.
Messiah
is born.
Jesus
Christ's
birthday.
Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
25
Dec.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Circum-
cision
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Jesus
Christ
submitted
to
Mosaic
Law.
Jesus
Christ
is
named
Jesus
Christ's
Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21,
40-52
1
Jan.
Feast
Class
3
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Holy
Theophany
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

baptism
Holy
Prophet
and
Glorious
Fore-
runner
John Baptist

baptizing
Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
in
River
Jordan.
ºAs an
adult,
Jesus
Christ
shows
His
people
that He
is Holy God
(manifestation
Jesus
Christ
to the world).

ºHoly God
shows
His
people
that Holy God
is a
Holy Trinity.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºHoly God
is a
Holy
Trinity
Tim.
2:11-14,
3:4-7
Mt.
3:13-17
6
Jan.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Transfig-
uration
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

transfig-
uration
Jesus
Christ
showing
His
disciples
"...as
much of
His glory
as they
could
behold...".
Jesus
Christ
is both
fully
Holy God
and
fully man.
ºReve-
lation
of glory
of
Holy God

ºConfir-
mation
of two
natures
of
Jesus
Christ
both
fully
Holy God
and
fully
human.
2
Pet.
1:10-19
Mt.
17:1-9
6
Aug.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Triumphal
Entry
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ into
Jerusalem
Holy and
Glorious
Palm Sun.
Shaneeneh
Jesus
Christ's

triumphal
entrance
into
Jerusalem.
Children
throwing
garments
into
Jesus
Christ's
path,
pulling down
branches
from olive
and palm
trees,
putting them
in the
road,
and
waving them
in air,
shouting
"Hosanna!
Blessed is
He
who
comes
in the
name
of the Lord!"
Jesus
Christ's
people
hailing Him
as Messiah.
Jesus
Christ
is
Messiah.
Phil.
4:4-9
John
12:1-18
7
days
before
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Great and
Holy Friday
Jesus
Christ's

death
in
human form
on
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ
dies on
Holy Cross
Holy God
redeems
our souls.
We have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
5:48-55
2
days
before
Pascha
Great
Holy
Fri.
Holy and
Glorious
Pascha
Jesus
Christ's

resurrection
in
human form
Jesus
Christ
rising
from dead
and giving
"eternal
life"
to good.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºOpening
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life"
ºJesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.

ºWe have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
Acts
1:1-9
John
1:1-17
1st
Sun.
after
1st
full
moon
after
03/20
Ear-
liest
is
03/22
latest
is
04/25.
Feasts
of
Feasts
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Exaltation
of Precious
and
Lifegiving
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ's

Holy Cross
is found.
ºSt Helena
finding
Holy Cross

ºRecovering
Holy Cross
from
Persians,
returning
It to
Jerusalem,
and
raising
It up
(exalting).
Holy Cross
is a sign
of glory
and victory.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over death.
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
19:6-11,
13-20,
25-28a,
30-35a
14
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
1

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O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and given life to the world: grant, O Lord, to the souls of your servants Bucky and Shirley, who has departed from this life, that it may rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing. And since You are a gracious God and the Lover of Mankind, forgive him/her every sin he/she has committed by thought, or word, or deed, for there is not a man who lives and does not sin : You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true. You are the Resurrection and the Life, and the repose of your departed servants Bucky and Shirley. O Christ our God, and we send up glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-givng Spirit, now and always and for ages upon ages. Amen.

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