Definition of paschal in English:



  • 1Relating to Easter.

    • ‘For the New Year a sucking pig roasted was a delicacy worth waiting for and for Easter the paschal baby lamb or goat roasted whole on a spit is universally loved.’
    • ‘Hallmarks of the rite include paschal essence, pneumatic nature, corporate understanding, Eucharistic context, and ritual character.’
    • ‘In other words, Mary Magdalene is the first to celebrate what Christians now call the paschal mystery.’
    • ‘Everyone involved in organising the liturgy from the paschal fire to the music, readings, must be congratulated.’
    • ‘Like his body crucified and broken, the divided churches in the West are undergoing a paschal suffering.’
    • ‘In the paschal event and the Eucharist that makes it present throughout the centuries, there is a truly enormous ‘capacity’ that embraces all of history.’
    • ‘Reflection on its meaning can more easily occur without reference to the demands of the baptismal life or the existential revolution to which the paschal mystery points.’
    • ‘The symbolism of the paschal mystery that shapes the 1979 Prayer Book corresponds to a non-Constantinian missiology.’
    • ‘And the paschal flame will shine again across the region this weekend.’
    • ‘This three day retreat from the world is a sharing in the paschal mystery of Christ.’
    • ‘In Christian language, I hope to keep alive the spark of the paschal mystery (life-through-dying) with a mix of festivity, glory and gratitude.’
    • ‘For Mary of the Passion, all led back to the Unity-Trinity of God truth-love, who communicates himself to us through the paschal mystery of Christ.’
    • ‘As much as a pound of coagulated blood was noted to have been shed by individual flagellants during these paschal ceremonies.’
    • ‘The day of vindication and the year of favor meet in the paschal mystery, in Christ died and risen.’
    • ‘During the weekdays of Great Lent, the regular Eucharistic Divine Liturgy is not celebrated in Orthodox churches since the Divine Liturgy is always a paschal celebration of communion with the Risen Lord.’
    • ‘Christ, who models the paschal mystery, was the loser who became the great winner.’
    • ‘This Sunday must follow the full paschal moon.’
    • ‘Marriage, like all sacraments, is paschal to the core and consequently it is as much about dying as it is about new life.’
    • ‘By altering slightly the chronology of events common to the synoptic gospels, John introduces paschal imagery to the passion narrative and presents Jesus as the ultimate Passover lamb.’
    • ‘The paschal essence is especially evident in the prayer of thanksgiving over the water (largely the emended text of Luther's Flood Prayer).’
  • 2Relating to the Jewish Passover.

    • ‘According to the Bible, ever since the Israelites made their escape from Egypt in the middle of the night, following their first paschal meal, Passover has been marked by a nighttime ceremony.’
    • ‘Jesus's death on the cross was Pilate's way of telling Jerusalem's Jews, who had gathered in the holy city for the paschal holiday, to desist from any thought of rebellion.’
    • ‘The word paschal actually comes from the Hebrew word for Passover.’
    • ‘For the French, a roast leg of lamb, the gigot pascal (pascal and the English paschal refer equally to the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter), is the traditional Easter Sunday lunch.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from ecclesiastical Latin paschalis, from pascha ‘feast of Passover’, via Greek and Aramaic from Hebrew Pesaḥ ‘Passover’.