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Western Christianity's Easter

 

  Western Easter Sunday
  Palm Sunday
  Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday)
  Good Friday
  Ascension day
  Whitsunday (Pentecost)



Brief descriptions about the above Easter terms can be found on this page.


From the Life & Work April 2014 editorial:

A frequent question, particularly among children is: why is Easter not a 'fixed' day in our calendar? After all, the birth of Christ is firmly established in most of western Christianity so why is the date of his death not established in a similar way?

Unlike Christmas, Easter was set as a 'moveable feast' by the First Council of Nicaea in 325, which established it should be the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox. There is good reason for this: it is linked with the Jewish Passover, the last feast celebrated by Jesus before his death. Perhaps too, in those early days of Christianity, night-time vigils were maintained by Christians between Good Friday and Easter Sunday and moonlight may have been an essential part of that journey.

Whatever the reasons, Easter remains an unchanging time of waiting, mystery, rebirth and most importantly, hope.

Lynne McNeil
Life & Work Editor


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