Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha in the Orthodox Church

Note: Because the 5th Sunday of Lent falls on March 25 this year, the Feast of the Annunciation takes precedence liturgically.


Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt

Our holy mother Mary was born in Egypt. She had left her parents at the age of twelve to go to Alexandria, where she spent the next seventeen years in debauchery and the greatest profligacy. Living on charity and linen-weaving, she nevertheless offered her body to any man, not being forced to it by dire necessity as were so many poor women, but as though she were consumed by the fire of a desire that nothing was able to appease. Read More