Saturday, March 22, 2008

early Easter

According to Richard John Neuhaus of First Things...

This will be the earliest Easter until the next March 23rd celebration in 2160-- and the earliest since 1913.

The next March 22nd Easter-- the earliest possible date-- will be in 2285. (The last one was in 1818.)

The variable nature of Easter's date is interesting. From Wikipedia...

Easter is termed a moveable feast because it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year, following the cycle of the moon. After several centuries of disagreement, all churches accepted the computation of the Alexandrian Church (now the Coptic Church) that Easter is the first Sunday after the first fourteenth day of the moon (the Paschal Full Moon) that is on or after the ecclesiastical vernal equinox.


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