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Pascha normally falls either one or five weeks later than the feast as observed by Christians who follow the [[Gregorian calendar]].  However, occasionally the two observances coincide, and some years they can be two, four, or six weeks apart (but never three). The reason for the difference is that the older [[Julian Calendar]] uses a different [[paschalion]], the formula for calculating the date of Pascha.  This formula was determined by the [[First Ecumenical Council]].
 
Pascha normally falls either one or five weeks later than the feast as observed by Christians who follow the [[Gregorian calendar]].  However, occasionally the two observances coincide, and some years they can be two, four, or six weeks apart (but never three). The reason for the difference is that the older [[Julian Calendar]] uses a different [[paschalion]], the formula for calculating the date of Pascha.  This formula was determined by the [[First Ecumenical Council]].
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If Pascha falls on [[March 25]], the date of the [[Annunciation]], the resultant celebration is termed ''[[Kyriopascha]]''.
  
  
  
 
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Pascha (Greek: Πασχα), also called Easter, is the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord. Pascha is a transliteration of the Greek word, which is itself a transliteration of the Hebrew pesach, both words meaning Passover. (A minority of English-speaking Orthodox prefer the English word 'Pasch.')

Pascha normally falls either one or five weeks later than the feast as observed by Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar. However, occasionally the two observances coincide, and some years they can be two, four, or six weeks apart (but never three). The reason for the difference is that the older Julian Calendar uses a different paschalion, the formula for calculating the date of Pascha. This formula was determined by the First Ecumenical Council.


If Pascha falls on March 25, the date of the Annunciation, the resultant celebration is termed Kyriopascha.


Recently featured: Diocese of Washington and New York (OCA), Book of Kells, Archangel Gabriel, Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, Theophany, Nativity, Theological School of Halki, Alexander Nevsky, Episcopi vagantes, Joseph the Hesychast, Eucharist. Newly featured articles are presented on Saturdays.

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