Pascha Night: 2016

Each Pascha (Easter) is the culmination of many weeks of preparation (Great Lent) and a final, intense week known as Holy Week, in which the events leading up to Christ's Death and Resurrection are reviewed and considered. Pascha Night is the holiest of nights. The Paschal Nocturnes, served in somber darkness, begin at 11:30pm. At midnight, all lights are extinguished. The paschal flame is then kindled and shared with the people who form a Paschal Procession. After the Paschal hymns begin to be sung joyfully, the people re-enter the church and Paschal Matins and Liturgy follow. Everything ends with a 3am Paschal Meal that often lasts until sunrise.

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