Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Blessed Easter

I am remiss in not having wished my Orthodox brothers and sisters a blessed Easter: It's about time you catch up with our celebration (of course, because you started later, yours will go longer).

I have looked into how to determine the date for Easter for Orthodox of the old calendar, and I came across this site (begin at sectioin 2.13), which provides a calculus for both East and West. Let me tell you that after trying to work through the math, I am determined simply to look it up every year!

It's good for all Christians to be able to sing out together, East nd West, with confidence, "The Lord is risen!" and to reply, "He is risen indeed, alleluia!"


Anonymous said...

yes - Christos Anesti!

The way to calculate Pascha is the same as the way we calculate Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox), with one other "after": after Passover.
That's all.


Anonymous said...

Also, you should know that except for the Orthodox Church in Finland, old and new calendar Orthodox celebrate Pascha on the same day, according to the formula I mentioned. The Finns celebrate it with us in the west.
The old calendar runs about 13 days behind the new calendar, so old calendar Christians celebrate Nativity about 13 days after we do - new calendar Orthodox (such as the OCA) celebrate it with us. It's on the fixed days that the old calendar Christians are behind us.
Hope this is helpful, if not confusing!