St. James the Apostle Parish

This week's trivia answer

TRIVIA ANSWER:  Letter F) none of the above

Did I fool you on this question about the date for Easter?  Actually letter C would have been fairly close to the answer, but not quite accurate.  Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox. (Hmm... what a convoluted answer….no wonder I can never remember this!)

The death and resurrection of Jesus took place during the Jewish feast of Passover, celebrated on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. In the early Church, great controversy surrounded the date on which to celebrate Easter. In the East, many celebrated Easter on Passover, which meant that it fell on a different day of the week each year, (like Christmas does). Others wanted Easter always on a Sunday since that is the day on which the disciples discovered the empty tomb. So they celebrated Easter on the first Sunday after Passover.

In the year 325 the Council of Nicea decided that Easter was to be celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox.  As a result, Easter can be as early as March 22 and as late as April 25.

This year, as you know, April 21, is the date for Easter, the greatest celebration of our faith. Did your Lenten resolutions help you prepare for this Easter? Are you now totally committed to renewing your Baptismal promises sincerely? to following Christ more faithfully? to living the joy of the Gospel? to spreading our faith to others? to daily seeing the Risen Christ in each person and in all of creation? to joyfully singing “Alleluia” with great gusto today and all 50 Days of Easter?

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