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{{stub}}[[Image:Pascha.jpg|right|frame|Resurrection of Christ<ref>Russian Orthodox icon of the [[Resurrection]] of Christ, 16th century</ref>]]'''Bright Week''' or '''Renewal Week''' (in Greek: ''[http://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%94%CE%B9%CE%B1%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9%CE%BD%CE%AE%CF%83%CE%B9%CE%BC%CE%BF%CF%82_%CE%B5%CE%B2%CE%B4%CE%BF%CE%BC%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%B1 Διακαινήσιμος εβδομάδα],'' ''Diakainisimos'') is the first week following the '''Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior [[Jesus Christ''' ]], which is celebrated as the '''Holy and Glorious each year at [[Pascha''' and continue all week until ]]. It ends the following Sunday, the [[Sunday of St. Thomas]]. For the Orthodox Christians Bright Week is the first week of the begins a period of celebration that continues for fifty days until '''[[Pentecost''']].
With Bright Week This celebration includes the practice of the faithful begin the period to Pentecost of joyously greeting each other with the [[Paschal greeting|salutation ]] of ''Christ is Risenrisen'' and , followed by the response of ''Indeed indeed He is Risenrisen'' or ''Truly truly He is Risenrisen'' , as the whole of creation is renewed by Our Lord and Savior. The services of Bright Week are done with the [[Royal Doors ]] fully open as . This unblocked view of the [[altar]] symbolize’s symbolizes the open door of Christ’s Christ's empty tombas well as the rent veil of the Jewish Temple, which was torn apart at the moment Christ died.
The entire week is considered to be one continuous day and the main reason why [[fast]]ing is completely prohibited to all Orthodox during the week<ref>[[fast]]ing is also prohibited during Bright Week so that the faithful may recover their strength after the eight weeks of fasting for [[Great Lent]] and [[Holy Week]].</ref>.
== Liturgical variations ==
=== Funeral services ===
If it is necessary to conduct a funeral during Bright Week, this service follows the format for Paschal Matins, with only a few funeral hymns being chanted<ref>Hapgood, Isabel F. (1906), Service Book of the Holy Orthodox-Catholic Apostolic Church (2nd ed.), Englewood NJ: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese (published 1975), pp. 435-6, 610 </ref>. It is held that those Orthodox Christians who die in penitence during this time are released from the bonds of their sins and are accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven<ref>Hapgood, op. cit.</ref>.
 
== Notes==
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==See also==
*[[Pentecostarion]]
 
[[Category:Feasts]]
[[Category:Liturgics]]
 
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