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Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha Celebration - Sundays

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Pas-
cha
Cycle
Suns 1st
Holy
and
Glor-
ious
Pascha
2 3 4 Mid
Pente-
cost
5 6 Ascen-
sion
7 2d
All
Soul
Sat.
8th
Pente-
cost
Vesper

Kneel
Prayer

 

 

Feast Cycle Cycle
Back-
wards
Celebra-
tion
Pente-
costarion
Vespers Matins
Divine
Liturgy
Divine
Liturgy
morn-
ing
Divine
Liturgy
Chang
-able
Prayer
Homily Greet How Date
Determined
2011
2020
2001
2010
Vespers
Bright
Monday

The Sundays of the Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha are the time of celebration for Holy and Glorious Pascha. The Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha is followed by six Sundays: Thomas or Bright Sunday or New Sunday, Myrhh-Bearing Women, Paralytic, Samaritan Woman, Man Born Blind, and Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. In addition, some theologians consider Pentecost to be the final Sunday of Pascha.

 

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

Liturgical Cycle

From Feast of Feasts Holy and Glorious Pascha to the Great Feast of Pentecost, Sunday is the first day of the Liturical week. In the remainder of the year, Sunday is the last day of the Liturical week.

Tone

Each Sunday and its weekdays have a different tone. The tones are in numberical success beginning with tone 1 on the Second Sunday of Holy and Glorious Pascha or the First Sunday after Holy and Glorious Pascha. This Sunday is also called Thomas Sunday or New Sunday or Bright Sunday.

Pascha Season

The Paschal season, during which we do not fast because we are celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord, ended on the Great Feast of the Ascension into Heaven of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, the 40th day of Pascha. The Forty Days of celebration balance the Forty Days of fasting in Great Lent.

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.

Pascha Cycle

The Sundays of Holy and Glorious Pascha are between Holy and Glorious Pascha and Pentecost.

How to determine when the Sundays of Holy and Glorious Pascha or Sundays after Holy and Glorious Pascha occur

Date of Pascha


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