Orthodox Lent: East & West

This chart offers an overview of how the Orthodox Church celebrates the season of Lent, according to both the Eastern Rite and the Western Rite:

Preparation for Lent:

Western Rite Eastern Rite
Sunday of Zaccheus
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
Septuagesima Sunday
(Gospel: Workers in the Vineyard)
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Sexagesima Sunday
(Gospel: The Sower and the Seed)
Judgment Sunday
(Meatfare Sunday)
Quinquagesima Sunday
(Gospel: Prophecy of the Cross)
Forgiveness Sunday
(Cheesefare Sunday)

Lent Begins:

Western Rite Eastern Rite
Clean Monday
Ash Wednesday
– Video: Imposition of Ashes
Lent Sunday 1
Temptation in the Wilderness
Lent Sunday 1
Triumph of Orthodoxy
Lent Sunday 2
Healing a Gentile Woman’s Daughter
Lent Sunday 2
St. Gregory Palamas
Lent Sunday 3
God’s Finger, Casting out Demons
Lent Sunday 3
Veneration of the Cross
Laetare Sunday
Feeding the Five Thousand
– Video: Laetare Sunday Homily
Lent Sunday 4
St. John of the Ladder
Passion Sunday
Before Abraham Was, I AM
Lent Sunday 5
St. Mary of Egypt
Lazarus Saturday

Holy Week:

Western Rite Eastern Rite
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday
Holy Monday
Bridegroom Services
Holy Tuesday
Bridegroom Services
Holy Wednesday
– Holy Unction Service
Holy Wednesday
– Holy Unction Service
Maundy Thursday
– Video: Orthodox Foot Washing Service
Holy Thursday
Good Friday
– Video: Veneration of the Cross
– Video: Excerpt from Presanctified Liturgy
Holy Friday
Holy Saturday
– Video: Blessing of the Holy Fire
Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday / Pascha
– Video: Sunday Morning Easter Liturgy
Easter Sunday / Pascha

The Eastern Rite also has Presanctified Divine Liturgies on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent: http://oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-church-year/liturgy-of-the-presanctified-gifts

The Western Rite has one Presanctified Divine Liturgy during Lent, on Good Friday.

This helpful article compares Holy Week in the East and West:   http://westernorthodox.blogspot.com/2009/04/good-friday-east-and-west.html

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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2 Responses to Orthodox Lent: East & West

  1. Ruth Conrad says:

    This is absolutely what I wanted. I will be reading it all. So grateful for this! Love you. Aunt Ruth

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