This year, Orthodox Easter — known as Pascha — falls a week after the celebration of western Easter. Palm Sunday will be observed Sunday at 10 a.m. Holy Week services begin on Monday at 6 p.m. with services every day of the week until Friday also at 6 p.m.

Finally, the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians, including those who worship at St. Innocent’s Church in Eureka, will gather for the feast of “Holy Pascha” (Orthodox Easter) on April 27 at 10 p.m.

“When Orthodox Easter falls a week after western Easter, it gives all Christians a second chance to experience the Resurrection of Christ, especially if the first time was more about chocolate eggs than a spiritual experience” said the Rev. Laurent Cleenewerck of St. Innocent’s.

Orthodox Pascha is considered the most ancient and dramatic celebration of Christianity, with a service on the model of the celebrations held at the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem since the third century, he said.

To learn more about the service and traditions of eastern Christianity, and for a schedule of events, call 707-443-2099 or visit All are welcome to attend.


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