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Removed 'archaic' regarding Pasch, as it isn't regarded so in American usage (Merriam-Webster) and is often used by American liturgists.
[[Image:Pascha.jpg|right|frame|The Resurrection of Christ]]
'''Pascha''' ({{lang-el|Πασχα}}), also called '''Easter''', is the feast of the '''[[Resurrection]] of the [[Jesus Christ|Lord]]'''. ''Pascha'' is a transliteration of the Greek word, which is itself a transliteration of the Hebrew ''pesach'', both words meaning ''[[Passover]]''. (A minority of English-speaking Orthodox prefer the archaic English word ''Pasch.''.)
Pascha normally falls either one or five weeks later than the feast as observed by Christians who follow the [[Gregorian calendar]]. However, occasionally the two observances coincide, and some years they can be two, four, or six weeks apart (but never three). The reason for the difference is that the older [[Julian Calendar]] uses a different [[paschalion]], the formula for calculating the date of Pascha. This formula was determined by the [[First Ecumenical Council]].
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