The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


01 April 2015

Why don't Orthodox celebrate Pascha with Western Christians?



"If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon shall celebrate the holy day of Easter before the vernal equinox with the Jews, let him be deposed."

(Canon 70 of the Holy Apostles; Canon 11 of the 6th Council; Canon 1 of the Council of Antioch; Canon 37 of the Council of Laodicea).  The time for celebrating Pascha was set by the 1st Ecumenical Council.  This Canon identifies the astronomical point (the vernal equinox) for determining the celebration of Pascha (after the vernal equinox).  Moreover, the Canon forbids the celebration of Pascha coincident with the celebration of Passover by the Jews, for the celebration by Christians must be separated and in no way joined with those who are alien to Christ.  This Canon is not observed in the West where the celebration of Easter is based on the new (Gregorian) calendar and where Easter sometimes coincides with the Jewish celebration.

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