Great and Holy Pascha

 

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It is the day of the Resurrection, be illumined, people, Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha. From death unto life, from the earth to heaven has Christ Our God led us singing the song of victory.

 

n the Orthodox Church, the feast of Christ’s resurrection is commonly referred to as “Pascha” (PAS-ka), the Greek term for “Passover.” Jesus’ rising from the dead is the point of reference for all Orthodox thought and life. Every Sunday is dedicated to the resurrection of Christ, so that we never lose sight of the centrality of Christ’s victory over death. Yet in the Feast of Feasts–after a period of fasting and spiritual preparation that lasts almost two months called Great Lent– the Orthodox faithful celebrate the greatest of all holy days, Pascha. “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” we sing.

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America