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A '''forefeast''' (also known as ''prefeast'') is a period of time preceding certain major feasts of the Christian year during which the Church anticipates the approaching festival. The liturgical life of the Church reflects this anticipation by foreshadowing the feast in the divine services celebrated during the forefeast.
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Most commemorations that have a forefeast also have an [[afterfeast]] and a [[leavetaking]].
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The period of a forefeast varies from 1 to 5 days, depending on the particular feast.
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[[Pascha]], the other commemorations from the [[Pentecostarion]], and [[Palm Sunday]] do not have forefeasts.  Most other [[First Class Feasts]] and [[Second Class Feasts]] do have forefeasts.
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=== From the [[Pentecostarion]] ===
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* [[Pascha]]—no forefeast
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* [[Ascension]]—no forefeast
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* [[Pentecost]]—no forefeast
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=== From the [[Lenten Triodion]] ===
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* [[Palm Sunday]]—no forefeast
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=== From the [[Menaion]] ===
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* [[Nativity of the Theotokos]] ([[September 8]])—forefeast: 1 day ([[September 7]])
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* [[Elevation of the Holy Cross]] ([[September 14]])—forefeast: 1 day ([[September 13]])
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* [[Presentation of the Theotokos]] ([[November 21]])—forefeast: 1 day ([[November 20]])
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* [[Nativity|Nativity of Christ]]  ([[December 25]])—forefeast: 5 days ([[December 20]] - [[December 24]])
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* [[Theophany]] ([[January 6]])—forefeast: 4 days ([[January 2]] - [[January 5]])
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* [[Presentation|Presentation of Christ]] ([[February 2]])—forefeast: 1 day ([[February 1]])
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* [[Annunciation]] ([[March 25]])—forefeast: 1 day ([[March 24]])
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* [[Transfiguration]] ([[August 6]])—forefeast: 1 day ([[August 5]])
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* [[Dormition]] ([[August 15]])—forefeast: 1 day ([[August 14]])
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== See Also ==
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* [[Afterfeast]]
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* [[Leavetaking]]
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== Sources ==
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* ''The Festal Menaion'', tr. by Mother Mary and Archimandrite (now Bishop) Kallistos (St. Tikhon's Seminary Press) (ISBN 1878997009)
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* ''The Pentecostarion'', tr. Holy Transfiguration Monastery (ISBN 0943405025)
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* [http://www.networks-now.net/litresswraoc/Typicon_Charts.htm Website of the St. Raphael Clergy Brotherhood of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America]
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[[Category:Feasts]]
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[[Category:Liturgics]]

Revision as of 03:55, June 10, 2008

A forefeast (also known as prefeast) is a period of time preceding certain major feasts of the Christian year during which the Church anticipates the approaching festival. The liturgical life of the Church reflects this anticipation by foreshadowing the feast in the divine services celebrated during the forefeast.

Most commemorations that have a forefeast also have an afterfeast and a leavetaking.

The period of a forefeast varies from 1 to 5 days, depending on the particular feast.

Pascha, the other commemorations from the Pentecostarion, and Palm Sunday do not have forefeasts. Most other First Class Feasts and Second Class Feasts do have forefeasts.

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From the Pentecostarion

From the Lenten Triodion

From the Menaion

See Also

Sources

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