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Forty days after Christmas, Christ was presented in the Temple at Jerusalem where He met with Simeon the Elder and the Prophetess Anna. We celebrate this Feast (Feb. 2) as we meet with the Lord every time we come into His holy Temple for Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion with His Body and Blood. "Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel" (Song of Simeon; Lk. 2:22-40).
This month we begin Pre-Lent, called the Lenten Triodion, with the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, Feb. 21. Great Lent in the Orthodox Church begins Monday, March 14, 40 days before Holy Week; Pascha, the Resurrection of Christ, is May 1. This year Orthodox Pascha (May 1) differs from Western Easter (March 27) by almost five weeks. Orthodox Pascha never occurs before the first day of Spring on the Old, Julian Calendar, which is April 2. This assures that Orthodox Pascha always occurs after the Jewish Passover (this year April 22) because Pascha fulfills the Jewish Passover.
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