Friday, March 29, 2013Author: Pat Guffey
(Last modified: 2013-03-29 15:44:23)
Source: The Herald-News
Easter, the time which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is not on a set date every year as most other holidays are. Instead, it is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal (Passover) Full Moon date of the year. According to the Ecclesiastical tables, the Paschal Full Moon is the first Ecclesiastical Full Moon date after March 20. Easter dates can range from March 22 through April 25 in western Christianity because the Paschal full Moon can vary as much as two days from the date of the actual full moon, with dates being from March 21 to April 18.
Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, with Lent being the 40 day period before Easter Sunday, representing the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before beginning His ministry. The day before Lent, known as Fat Tuesday, is the last fling of food and fun before fasting begins. Then, the week preceding Easter is known as Holy Week, and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which was the day of His crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between crucifixion and resurrection. Next, the 50 day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide; this includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into Heaven.
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