Christians Urged to Find Common Date for Easter

Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, renewed the call for Christians around the world to find a common date for Easter.

This year, western and eastern Christians will celebrate Easter on the same day this year, but that isn’t always the case. Western Christians, including the Protestant Denominations and the Roman Catholic Church use the Gregorian calendar while easter Christians, the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches use the Julian calendar.

In 1997, church leaders from around the world came together at the Aleppo conference, hosted by the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, and took a major step toward establishing a common Easter date. Differing Easter dates, they said, constitute a “painful sign of separation.”

The participants offered three recommendations, one of which asks all Christians to “celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox, thus maintaining the biblical association between Jesus’ death and Passover.”

This will happen again next year, as Easter is celebrated on April 24.

“May God grant that in 2012 and beyond we may continue to proclaim with one voice that ‘Christ is risen!'” said Kinnamon.

You can read the full article at the Christian Post.


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