Oopss… l was supposed to post this into the Apologetics forums, instead I placed it in the Non-Catholic Religions forums… oh well…
I’ve heard something about Orthodox Easter following Jewish Passover; But Jewish Passover is a week long festival. I’m confused as to whether it must follow when Passover is completely finished, or whether is must follow only the first day of Passover.
Hi St Julie,
I think there is more to it than that; I think the Orthodox have different ways of calculating the full moon (because the catholic way is a little inaccurate), and I think Orthodox take into consideration Jewish Passover.
Perhaps the Julian Calendar is used to reckon the vernal equinox (which the Catholics use Mar 21st but Orthodox may use Apr 3rd).
I agree, Eileen; We are standing as a divided witness to Jesus Christ. This is why I’m so interested in understanding the different formulas for calculating Easter date, so that we can be confident in our discussions.
If I can understand how Orthodox calculate Easter date, and if I agree with their reasoning for doing so, then I guess I would like to see the rest following their example.
But if the Orthodox have an ancient, inaccurate, wrong and, dare I say, stubborn calcuation, well then… no thanks.
Thanks, Fr Ambrose; (Are you really a priest?)
From what I can gather in that link, the differences are as follows…
i) Catholics use Mar 21st as the vernal equinox, whilst Orthodox use Apr 3rd (due to different calendar reckoning)
ii) Catholics use an 84yr cycle in predicting the full moon dates, whilst the Orthodox use a 19yr cycle.
But I think there is more to it; The article doesn’t cover whether or not Jewish Passover is taken into consideration. Also, I understand that in the 1920’s, the Orthodox Church revised the calculation of the Easter date… and I’m not sure if that article has taken that into consideration.
Oh well… I guess I just have to keep looking.