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  • n. Easter, the most important Christian religious feast
  • n. Orthodox Christian church services during the week preceding Easter
  • adj. pertaining to Easter. (e.g. in the Orthodox Christian church, Pascha week refers to the week preceding Easter)


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From Latin pascha, from Ancient Greek πάσχα (paskha, "Passover"), from Aramaic פסחא (paskha), from Hebrew פסח (pesakh). .


  • Sicut et nos pro eadem causa ante tempus nonnunquam parvulos baptizamus, cum tamen sit constitutum ab apostolicis patribus, ut vel in Pascha, vel in Pentecoste baptizemus.

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  • Paul adds in that Easter hymn of the early church we call the Pascha Nostrum: Christ being raised from the dead can never die again; death has no more power over him.

    Sermon for Low Sunday

  • Because every great feast was in some way a remembrance of the resurrection of Christ and was in consequence called Pascha, we find the names Pascha floridum, in French Pâques fleuries, in Spanish Pascua florida, and it was from this day of 1512 that our State of Florida received its name (Nilles, II, 205).

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  • "The Resurrection icon that we use for Easter Sunday, which is also called Pascha, shows Jesus pulling Adam and Eve out of hell, or Hades," Webb said.


  • And in Latin the celebration of the Resurrection is referred to as Pascha, based on the rendering into Latin of the Jewish word for Passover Pesach.

    The Guardian World News

  • Easter Sunday is this weekend, April 12th, and the Orthodox church's Easter Sunday (often called Pascha) is next Sunday, April 19th.

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  • The very feast itself puts us in mind of as much; it is the Pascha, that is, the Passover, not a coming back to the same land of Egypt, but a passing over to a better, the Land of Promise, whither 'Christ our Passover' is passed before us, and will in good time give us passage after Him.

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  • This is Holy Week in the ancient Orthodox churches of the East, which means that today is Good Friday and, just before midnight on Saturday, we will begin the lengthy and glorious rites of Pascha, which is called Easter in the West.


  • The celebration of Easter, otherwise known as Pascha, is tied to the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, by both the date and the symbolism.

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  • Also, our holiday of Easter was traditionally called 'Pascha', and still is in many languages, named after the Jewish festival of 'Pesach' or Passover.

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