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This year the Paschal Cycle of services begins on February 5, the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14). The Paschal Cycle includes the following stages: Pre-Lent, Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha and Bright Week, and the Fifty-days from Pascha to Pentecost. The dating of this cycle varies from year to year as it depends on the moveable date of Pascha (the Resurrection of Christ) - this year April 16. For a more complete description of the first half of the Paschal Cycle at St. John's, click here.
In the Orthodox Church we celebrate Pascha every Sunday of the year in the serving of the Divine Liturgy. The Paschal Cycle manifests more deliberately the life in Christ we are enjoined to live each week. Thus this time of the year in the Church is an intense school of Christianity for those who enter it with repentance, faith, and the love of God. "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Eph. 5:15-16) Let us put off sin and put on Christ, "the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb. 12:2)
If you are interested in the Orthodox Faith, we welcome you to come and meet with us and pick up many interesting and informative pamplets that are available for you! If you should have any questions please feel free to call me at the Church at (330) 372-3895.
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