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The Pascha Cycle
Liturgical
Day
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Occurs
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Day
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of Period
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Day
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Calendar
Day
Great
Lent
Day
Fast
that
day
Trio-
dion
Fast
follow
week
Aposto-
los
Gos-
pel
Pascha
PaschaPatriarch
and
faithful
in Orthodox
dominated
countries
celebrate
according
to
Julian
calendar
on 1st
Sunday
after 1st
full moon
after
March 20
after
Jewish
Passover
,
Faithful
in Latin
dominated
countries
celebrate
according
to
Gregorian
calendar

on 1st
Sunday
after 1st
full moon
after March 20.
Earliest
possible
date
March 22
and
latest
possible
date
April 25.
All
services
of Pascha
are
moved
ahead
12 hours.
Vespers,
Orthos,
Divine
Liturgy
of
liturgical
day of
Pascha
on
calendar
day
of
Great
Holy
Saturday.
Great
Holy
Saturday
Bright
Monday
/
New
Monday
 Feast   
Great Week
Great
Week
Monday
thru
Saturday
before
Pascha
All
services
Great
Holy
Week
are
moved
ahead
12 hours.
Vespers
and
Orthos
of
liturgical
day
are
on
previous
calendar
day.
Great
Holy
Week
begins
at
beginning
of
Vespers
of
Great
Holy
Monday
on
Palm
Sunday
afternoon
and
ends
just
before
Divine
Liturgy
of Holy
Glorious
Pascha
on
Great
Holy
Saturday
evening.
Palm Sunday
Shaneeneh
Great
Holy
Monday
 Fast   
Liturgical
day
Great
Holy
Saturday
Saturday
before
Pascha
Calendar
day
Great
Holy
Friday
Great
Holy
Friday
Pascha Strict
Fast
   
Liturgical
day
Great
Holy
Friday
Friday
before
Pascha
Calendar
day
Great
Holy
Thursday
Great
Holy
Thursday
Great
Holy
Saturday
 Strict
Fast
   
Liturgical
day
Great
Holy
Thursday
Thursday
before
Pascha
Calendar
day
Great
Holy
Wed-
nesday
Great
Holy
Wed-
nesday
Great
Holy
Friday
 Strict
Fast
   
Liturgical
day
Great
Holy
Wed-
nesday
Wed-
nesday
before
Pascha
Calendar
day
Great
Holy
Tuesday
Great
Holy
Monday
Great
Holy
Thursday
 Fast   
Liturgical
day
Great
Holy
Tuesday
Tuesday
before
Pascha
Calendar
day
Great
Holy
Monday
Great
Holy
Monday
Great
Holy
Wed-
nesday
 Fast   
Liturgical
day
Great
Holy
Monday
Monday
before
Pascha
Calendar
day
Palm
Sunday
afternoon
/
evening
Palm
Sunday
Shaneeneh
Great
Holy
Tuesday
 Fast   
Transition Period between Great Lent and Great and Holy Week
Transition
Period
between
Great
Lent
and
Great
Holy
Week
Weekend
before
Pascha
2nd
Saturday
before
Pascha
and
1st
Sunday
before
Pascha
Transition
period
begins
at
beginning
of
Vespers
of
Lazarus
Saturday
on
evening
of last
Friday
in
Great
Lent
and
ends
just
before
beginning
of
Vespers
of
Great
Holy
Monday
on
afternoon
of Palm
Sunday.
Last
Friday
in
Great
Lent
Great
Holy
Monday
 Feast   
Palm
Sunday
Shaneeneh
1st
Sunday
before
Pascha
Transistion
period
ends
just
before
beginning
of
Vespers
Great
Holy
Monday
on
afternoon
of
Palm
Sunday
Shaneeneh.
Lazarus
Saturday
Great
Holy
Monday
 Feast Phil.
4:
4-9
Jn.
12:
1-18
Lazarus
Saturday
2nd
Saturday
before
Pascha
Transistion
period
begins
at
beginning
of
Vespers
of day
on
evening
of
last
Friday
Great
Lent.
Last
Friday
Great
Lent
Palm
Sunday
Shaneeneh
 Feast Heb.
12:
28-13:8
Jn.
11:
1-45
Great Lent
Great
Lent
Forty
Days
before
Lazarus
Saturday
40-day
count
begins
at
beginning
of
Vespers
of
Clean
Monday
on
evening
of
Sunday
of
Cheese
fare
/
Forgive-
ness
and
ends
just
before
Vespers
Lazarus
Saturday
on
evening
of
last
Friday
in Great
Lent.
Sundays
do
count.
4 Sunday
Triodion


Cheese
fare
/
Forgive-
ness
Lazarus
Saturday
 Fast   
Friday
after
5th
Sunday
Lent
2nd
Friday
before
Pascha
Great
Lent
ends
just
before
beginning
of
Vespers
of
Lazarus
Saturday
on
evening.
Last
Thursday
in
Great
Lent
Lazarus
Saturday
Day
40
Fast Eph.
2:
4-10
Mt.
4:
1-11
5th
Sunday
Lent

Comme-
moration
Venerable
Mother
St. Mary
of Egypt
2nd
Sunday
before
Pascha
   Day
35
Fast Heb.
9:
11-14
Mk.
10:
32b
-45
4th
Sunday
Lent

Comme-
moration
Holy Father
John
3rd
Sunday
before
Pascha
   Day
28
Fast Heb.
6:
13-20
Mk.
9:
17-31
3rd
Sunday
Lent

Veneration
Holy Cross
4th
Sunday
before
Pascha
   Day
21
Fast Heb.
4:
14-5:6
Mk.
8:
34-9:1
2nd
Sunday
Lent

Holy Relics
5th
Sunday
before
Pascha
   Day
14
Fast 2 Cor.
4:
6-15
Mk.
2:
1-12
1st
Sunday
Lent

Triumph
Orthodoxy
6th
Sunday
before
Pascha
   Day
7
Fast Heb.
11:
24-26
32-40

12:
1-2A
Jn.
1:
43-51
Clean
Monday
Clean
Monday
is
between
Triodion
Sunday
Cheese
fare
/
Forgive-
ness
and
1 Sunday
Great Lent.
Clean
Monday
can be
as early as
Feb. 2
and
as late as
March 8.
Great
Lent
begins
at
beginning
Vespers
this
evening
Sunday
Cheese
fare
/
Forgive-
ness.
4 Sunday
Triodion

Cheese
fare
/
Forgive-
ness
Vespers
Clean
Monday
Service
Forgive-
ness
1st
Tuesday
Great
Lent
Day
1
Strict
Fast
 1 Cor.
3:
18-23
Lk.
21:
8-36
Prophonisimon
Prophonisimon4 Sundays
before
Great Lent
Prophonisimon
ends just
before
beginning
Vespers
Clean
Monday
evening
Sunday
Cheese
fare
/
Forgive-
ness.
 Clean
Monday
     
4th
Sunday
Prophonisimon

Cheese
fare
/
Forgive-
ness
Vespers
Clean
Monday
Service
Forgive-
ness
7th
Sunday
before
Pascha
Great
Lent
begins
at the
beginning
Vespers
Clean
Monday
this
evening.
Last
Saturday
Triodion
Clean
Monday
 Tradition
last
day
products
from
animal
with
backbone,
such as
milk,
eggs,
butter,
cheese,
yogurt,
cottage
cheese,
are
eaten
until
Pascha
Great
Lent
fasting
Rom.
13:
11b
-14:
4
Mk.
6:
14-21
3rd
Sunday
Prophonisimon

Meat fare
8th
Sunday
before
Pascha
    Tradition
last
day
meat
from
any
animal
with
backbone
is
eaten
until
Pascha
No
meat
1 Cor.
8:
8-13

9:
1-2
Mk.
25:
31-46
1st
All
Souls
Saturday
9th
Saturday
before
Pascha
 9th
Friday
before
Pascha
3rd Sunday
Triodion

Meat fare
     
2nd
Sunday
Prophonisimon

Prodigal
Son
9th
Sunday
before
Pascha
    No
fasting
Normal
fasting
(Wed.
Fri.)
Heb.
7:
26-8:2
Lk.
15:
11-32
1st
Sunday
Prophonisimon

Pharisee
and
Publican
10th
Sunday
before
Pascha
    No
fasting
No
fasting
2 Cor.
4:
6-15
Lk.
18:
10-14

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