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    Orthodox Easter

    May 6, 2021

    Last week one of our members reminded me that Sunday, May 2, 2021 was the other day this year set aside for celebrating Easter all over the world, specifically for those Christian communities in the Eastern Orthodox branch of Christianity. Technically the timing can be explained this way: “Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which often differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period often occurs later than the Easter period that falls around the time of the March equinox.” The member who reminded me was thinking of his homeland of Eritrea and how this other Easter, also known as “Coptic Easter,” was being celebrated. In Eritrea, Coptic Easter is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, with most schools and most businesses being closed.

     

    With good reason, the truth has often been repeated that among Christians everywhere Easter is actually celebrated at least once a week, as every Sunday is to be marked as an Easter Sunday. “Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb...”(Mark 16:2) The very first Easter and the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, there’s something to be said for celebrating it every day! -  EGN

     

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