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Celebrating Holy Week and Pascha

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By The Staff

Local Orthodox Christians are joining all Orthodox Christians across the world in the celebration of Holy Week and Pascha (Easter). This preparation began last weekend with the end of Great Lent Saturday, and the Saturday of the Raising of Lazarus from the grave. For Orthodox Christians, this year Pascha (as Easter is called) falls several weeks later then the Western Protestant and Roman Catholic observance.

The Catholic-Protestant West has a newer, different Easter calculation than the Orthodox Catholic Church. The calculation of the date of Pascha has less to do with the Julian calendar and more with the rules laid down at the First Ecumenical Council in AD 325. Pascha must be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Pascha must always be held on a Sunday and the First Ecumenical Council added the proviso that it cannot fall on Passover, that Passover must occur first, and then Pascha, as the New Testament records the salvific events of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.


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