Since ancient times, the 50-day period from Pascha to Pentecost has been called Pentecost because what began with the Lord breathing the Holy Spirit on His Disciples was consummated with the full descent of the Spirit upon the Disciples and the whole Church. Thus, the Church was fully born and began to grow.
Later on, another week was added to these 50 days in order to celebrate the post-feast of the Feast of Pentecost. Thus, today the period of movable Feasts after Pascha spans eight weeks, to include the Sunday of All Saints. READ MORE HERE
THE RAISING OF LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD
“On the day before Palm Sunday (and the start of Holy Week), the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates what we call Lazarus Saturday. On this day, we remember Christ’s raising of His dear friend Lazarus from the dead, after he had been dead four days. This feast marks the end of the forty days of Great Lent and serves as a unique transition into our Lord’s Passion. In triumph and joy, the Church bears witness to Christ’s power over death and exalts Him as King before entering the most solemn week of the year, one that leads the faithful in remembrance of His suffering and death and concludes with the great and glorious Feast of Pascha.”
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