The Nativity Fast begins (November 15, 2023)
On the Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the life-bearing Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.
On Holy and Great Saturday, we celebrate the Burial of the Divine Body of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, and His descent into Hades, through which our race was recalled from corruption, and was transplanted to eternal life.
On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ – the spitting, the blows with the palm of the hand, the buffeting, the mockery, the reviling, the wearing of the purple robe, the reed, the sponge, the vinegar, the nailing, the lance, and above all, the Crucifixion and Death which He condescended to endure willingly for our sakes – and also the saving confession of the grateful thief upon the cross.
On Holy and Great Thursday the Divine Fathers, who have arranged all things well, received from the divine Apostles and the sacred Gospels and in turn handed down to us, that today we should celebrate four things: the sacred Washing of Feet, the Mystical Supper (that is, the tradition of what we know as the awesome Mysteries of Holy Communion), the High Priestly Prayer, and finally the Betrayal itself.
On great and holy Wednesday, as the most divine Fathers ordained, we commemorate the harlot who anointed the Lord’s feet with fragrant ointment, since this occurred shortly before the saving Passion.
On Holy and Great Tuesday, we commemorate the Parable of the Ten Virgins in the Holy Gospel.
On Holy and Great Monday, we commemorate the blessed Joseph the All-Comely and the fig tree cursed and withered by the Lord.
Holy Week and Pascha: Read about the major themes and meaning of each day.
The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos (August 15).