Orthodox churches of Eastern Europe still base their Easter celebrations on the Jewish calendar, he said, noting that's why Omega Seamaster Red Dial their holidays are often slightly different, he said.
Some religious leaders believe the difference in dates may be one reason why Christmas gets more cultural attention than Easter, despite the Omega Seamaster Chronometer Vintage
Pfeifer believes the early church commemorated Christ's resurrection around the same time Jews celebrated Passover. However, the church officially decided at the famed Council at Nicaea that the western world would celebrate Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon of the vernal equinox when the sun is directly over the equator. That typically falls somewhere within the eight days of the Passover Jews still celebrate today.
Church skirmishes keep Easter holiday from fixed date
fact they both represent important miracles in the life of Christ.
we'll all celebrate it on the same day."
The Dec. 25 date for Christmas wasn't officially chosen until centuries after the life of Christ, when Pope Julius I declared it in 349. The date was chosen because it fell around celebrations of some other gods worshipped at the time and had little to do with the actual date Christ may have been born.
However, the date of Christ's resurrection is a little easier to figure accurately, Pfeifer said, but not based on the calendar we know.
there were so many skirmishes over the right day that it didn't happen," Pfeifer said. "Even in the 1970s, Pope Paul VI tried to propose one certain day but they could never get it worked out among the Christians. Maybe one day Omega Gold Watch 1977
"There was a time when the church tried to pick a specific day on the calendar for Easter, but Omega Speedmaster Black Black
According to the Gospel narratives of the Bible, Christ's resurrection occurred three days after Passover. The Jewish calendar used then and now calculates the Passover based on the first full moon of spring.
While Christmas is easy to schedule around because it never shifts from its Dec. 25 calendar post, Easter floats around early spring with the phases of the moon, explains Bishop Michael Pfeifer, who leads the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo.
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