Monthly Letter

Dear Friends

Many times I get asked as to the timings of Easter, and why it changes. Simple - It is always the 1st Sunday after Full moon after vernal equinox……………….. !

Easter, in this part of the world, falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25 every year.

Using the lunar (moon) calendar was common in ancient times. Jesus held the Last Supper on the night of the Jewish festival of Passover, (which was determined by the first full moon after vernal equinox) and died the next day (Good Friday). So it seemed reasonable to continue to use this method, by suggesting Easter (when Jesus rose) was celebrated the following Sunday………… Bet you wish you had never asked now !

 

In 325AD the Council of Nicaea decided to have a way of working out when Easter would take place. They decided that Easter would fall on the first Sunday after the full moon after the vernal equinox, (the time of year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north).

This year Vernal Equinox takes place on March 21st. You will notice on this day both day and night are almost equal in length. Then look out for the first full moon, after that (I will give you a hint – 19th April). And the first Sunday after that is 21st April –  hence we arrive at Easter Sunday…………

We begin our spiritual journey to Easter, with Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent. Ash Wednesday is 6TH March where we will be holding a short service at 6.30pm in Brookland Church (in the little Chapel). During this service we will be making the sign of the cross, with Ash on our foreheads. This is a sign of repentance before God. Lent is a  solemn time of reflection and repentance, and so you will also notice that there are no flowers in church at this time.

 

So as we journey through Lent, let us forget about complicated formulas and calendars – but concentrate on ourselves. Whether you observe lent or not – having a time of space, and a bit of self- reflection is maybe just what is needed.

 

God Bless

Revd Shuna


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