The word “Pascha” translates to “Passover” which refers to the angel of death that passed over the houses of the Hebrews in the time of Moses. These houses were sprinkled with the blood of the Passover lamb, symbolising the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross who is “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” ~ John 1:29.
The Lord entered Jerusalem, symbolising our hearts, as the King of Peace. He clears the temple of moneychangers.
The Lord cursed the fig tree when they found nothing but leaves. We are reminded to produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)
The Lord teaches with parables about the Kingdom of Heaven, the end of the World and the Day of Judgment. E.g. parable of the talents
We see the love of Mary of Bethany— sacrificing her livelihood to anoint Him for His burial. In contrast, Judas betrays the Lord.
The Lord washes the disciples’ feet before He institutes the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist. At the Garden of Gesthemane He surrenders His will to the Father and is captured.
Innocent and faultless, He was beaten and crucified on the cross – the Lamb of God, carrying the sins of the world. We cry to Him, “Remember me, when you come into Your Kindom”
This is the night the Lord descended to Hades and set free the captive, taking them from Hades to Paradise; so therefore we also pass over from death to life and from sin to holiness.
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, bestowing life on those in the tombs!
“God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.”
~ 1 Corinthians 6:14
How to Benefit Spiritually from the Holy Pascha Week
by the Late Thrice Blessed Pope Shenouda III
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Order of Service (Lectionary)
SermonsALL HOLY WEEK SERMONS
Guides & Workbooks
Contemplations on the Holy Pascha Week Leaflet
A Guide to Maundy (Covenant) Thursday Leaflet
A Guide to Good Friday Leaflet
Holy Week Activity Book for Children
The Week That Changed The World
What Happened to Your Hand Holy Pascha Week Explanation Book
A Guide to the Holy Pascha Week St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Washington D.C.
Contemplation on the Pascha Hymn “Thine is the Power”
The Spiritual Meaning of the Cross
The Seven Words of Our Lord on the Cross
H.H. Pope Shenouda III
Thine is the Power and the Glory
H.H. Pope Shenouda III
A Conversation with Christ the Crucified
Fr. Philopateer Nabih
Letters to the Crucified Jesus Fr. Tadros Malaty