Saints and Feasts

Our Orthodox faith includes saints and services, feasts and fasts, Scriptures and sacraments, the things we believe and the things we do. To find a particular topic quickly, check the index.



How did Easter get its name?

How did Easter get its name?

Why is Easter called Easter? For all Christians, the heart of the faith is the Resurrection of Christ. At first, the celebration of the Resurrection was called Pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover, because the Passover feast was being celebrated when Jesus was raised...
Calculating the date of Pascha

Calculating the date of Pascha

Pascha is celebrated on a different date every year. And most years, Easter and Pascha are celebrated on different days, even though they both celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. Often, people want to know why Pascha is when it is, and why Pascha and...
Make red eggs for Pascha using onion-skin dye

Make red eggs for Pascha using onion-skin dye

Orthodox Christians make beautiful deep red eggs for Pascha. It’s an ancient tradition, perhaps going back to the time of the apostles. The eggs, along with meat and cheese and wine, are brought to church in baskets. The baskets are blessed at the end of the Paschal...
Pascha for families with special needs

Pascha for families with special needs

Most children love the idea of a celebration that takes place in the middle of the night! But their parents, who are already tired by the time the Pascha service begins at midnight, may wonder how to attend with peace and joy, instead of frustration and tears....
Pascha baskets and Pascha basket covers

Pascha baskets and Pascha basket covers

Today, most of us think that bringing of Pascha baskets loaded with meat and cheese and other rich foods to church is a Slavic custom. But it wasn’t always so. It was once the universal practice of the Church. In the early days of the Church, on the Great Feasts,...
Celebrating Pascha with your godchildren

Celebrating Pascha with your godchildren

When you became a godparent, you assumed responsibility before God to bring the child up in the Orthodox faith. You pray for your godchildren, of course. You light candles for them every time you enter a church. And you mean to ensure that your godchildren love the...

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