The '''Pentecostarion''' (also known as the ''Flowery Triodion'' or ''Festal Triodion'') is the service book of the Orthodox Church that provides the texts for the moveable portions of the divine services from Pascha through the feast of [[All Saints]] (the Sunday following [[Pentecost]]).
Every day during the week of Easter, called [[Bright Week]] , the paschal services are celebrated in all their splendor. The procession is repeated daily. The doors of the sanctuary remain open. A day without end.
==Second Sunday of Pascha
- St. Thomas==The Sunday after Easter is called the Second Sunday. It is the eighth day of the Paschal celebration and the last day of Bright Week. It is called the '''Antipascha'''. This Sunday is celebrated in remembrance of the appearance of Christ to the Apostle Thomas "after eight days".
The Church reminds the faithful who have not seen Christ with their physical eyes nor touched his risen body with their physical hands, yet in the Holy Spirit have seen and touched and tasted the Word of Life, and so they believe. ==Third Sunday of Pascha
- The Holy Myrrhbearing Women==The third Sunday after Pascha is dedicated to the [[myrrhbearing women]] who cared for the body of Christ at his death and who were the first witnesses of his [[Resurrection]]. ==Fourth Sunday of Pascha - The Paralytic ==
The fourth Sunday is dedicated to Christ's healing of the paralytic, from the Gospel of St John (5). The man is healed by Christ while waiting to be put down into the pool of water.
The Church reminds the faithful that through baptism in the church we, too, are healed and saved by Christ for eternal life. Thus, in the church, we are told, together with the paralytic, to sin no more that nothing worse befall you" (John 5:14).
Again the faithful are reminded of the Master's presence and his saving promise: "If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink" (John 7:37). ==Fifth Sunday of Pascha
- The Samaritan Woman == The fifth Sunday after Easter deals with the woman of Samaria with whom Christ spoke at Jacob's Well from the Gospel of St John (4). Again the theme is the "living water" and the recognition of Jesus as God's Messiah (John 4:10-11; 25-26) .
The sixth Sunday commemorates the healing of the man blind from birth. The Gospel of St John(9) tells how Jesus used clay of spittle and told the man to wash in the waters of Siloam. He did so because it was the Sabbath day on which spitting, clay-making and washing were strictly forbidden. By breaking these ritual laws of the Jews, Jesus showed that he is indeed the Lord of the Sabbath, and, as such, that he is equal to God the Father Who alone, according to Jewish tradition, works on the Sabbath day in running his world.
A reminder that the Lord has anointed our eyes with his own divine hands and washed them with the waters of our baptism.
===Ascension of Our Lord===
On the fortieth day after his passover, Jesus ascended into heaven to be glorified on the right hand of God. The [[
ascension]] of Christ is his final physical departure from this world after the resurrection. It is the formal completion of his mission in this world as the Messianic Saviour. It is his glorious return to the Father who had sent him into the world to accomplish the work that he had given him to do (John 17:4-5). ==Seventh Sunday of Pascha - Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council==On the seventh Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the holy God-bearing [[Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council]].
[[Pentecost]]is the fulfillment of the Christ's mission and the beginning of the messianic age of the Kingdom of God mystically present in this world in the Church of the Messiah. The fiftieth day stands as the beginning of the era which is beyond the limitations of this world, fifty being that number which stands for eternal and heavenly fulfillment in Jewish and Christian mystical piety: seven times seven, plus one. ==Sunday of
all saints==The Sunday following Pentecost is dedicated to All Saints, both those who are known to us, and those who are known only to God. There have been saints at all times, and they have come from every corner of the earth. They were [[Apostles]], [[Martyrs]], [[ Prophets]], [[ Hierarchs]], [[Monastics]], and [[Righteous]], yet all were perfected by the same [[Holy Spirit]] .
==Sunday of the (local church) saints==
On the second Sunday after Pentecost,
each [[List of autocephalous and autonomous Churches|local Orthodox Church]] commemorates all the saints, known and unknown, who have shone forth in its territory.
Saints of all times, and in every country are seen as the fulfillment of God's promise to redeem fallen humanity. Their example encourages us to "lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us" and to "run with patience the race that is set before us" ([[Book of Hebrews|Hebrews]] 12:1).