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Bright Week or Renewal Week is the name used by the Eastern Orthodox Church[note 1] for the period of seven days beginning on Pascha (Easter) and continuing up to (but not including) the following Sunday, which is known as Thomas Sunday. 
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Latin Rite and other Christian groups such as Anglicans refer to this period as Easter Week, not to be confused with the Octave of Easter, which includes the following Sunday..

The entire week following Pascha is to be set aside by Orthodox Christians for the celebration of the Resurrection. According to the 66th canon of the Council in Trullo:

   "from the holy day of the Resurrection of Christ our God until New Sunday (i.e. Thomas Sunday) for a whole week the faithful in the holy churches should continually be repeating psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, rejoicing and celebrating Christ, and attending to the reading of the Divine Scriptures and delighting in the Holy Mysteries. For in this way shall we be exalted with Christ; raised up together with Him. For this reason on the aforesaid days that by no means there be any horse races or any other public spectacle".

In Imperial Russia, the taverns used to be closed during Bright Week, and no alcoholic beverages were sold.

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  • Bulgakov, S. V. (1900), Handbook for Church Servers (2nd ed.), Kharkov: Translated by Archpriest Eugene D. Tarris (published 2006), p. 581, 
  • The Pentecostarion (translated from the Greek), Boston MA: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1990, pp. 37–38
  • Propers for the following two Sundays are often included in the Pentecostarion as well.
  • Hapgood, Isabel F. (1906), Service Book of the Holy Orthodox-Catholic Apostolic Church (2nd ed.), Englewood NJ: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese (published 1975), pp. 435–6, 610
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and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine Rite
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External links

  •   Holy Pascha: The Resurrection of Our Lord Orthodox icon and synaxarion
  •   Bright Monday
  •   Bright Tuesday
  •   Bright Wednesday
  •   Bright Thursday
  •   Paschal Week, from Handbook for Church Servers (Kharkov, 1900) by S. V. Bulgakov
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Related Events:
  •   Easter Tuesday
  •   Easter Wednesday
  •   Easter Thursday
  •   Easter Friday
  •   Easter Saturday
  •   Eastertide
  •   Easter Triduum
  •   Easter Week
  •   Holy Saturday
  •   Maundy Thursday
  •   Mid-Pentecost
  •   Octave of Easter
  •   Palm Sunday
  •   Pentecost
  •   Pre-Lenten Season
  •   Trinity Sunday






















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