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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.

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

How Long?

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

Which Feasts?

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.

From the Pentecostarion

From the Lenten Triodion

From the Menaion

See Also