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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Holy Week different dates every year

Around the globe every year , people of different Christian denominations honor the Holy Week for Jesus Christ's suffering, death and resurrection.  The Holy Week holidays differ from dates and months every year, so does the date and month for Ash Wednesday.  It is always 46 days before Easter Sunday and kicks off the 40 day Lenten season.  My curiosity of the different dates and months has been there for years but it is only now that I have researched on it online.

It has been a question in my mind because: why is it that the birth of Jesus Christ was fixed on December 25 while His suffering, death and resurrection were not?  On my research it says that: "Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25;  Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox; this particular ecclesiastical full moon is the 14th day of a tabular lunation (new moon); and the vernal equinox is fixed as March 21".  With this, that the ecclesiastical system does not follow the astronomical system when it comes to full moon.  They (churches) have not considered the complexity of the lunar motion.

The research was getting too technical with references to vernal equinox, Gregorian or pre-Gregorian tables, Julian Calendar, and so on and so forth.  What I really wanted to find out is: how is it related to the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ?  I do not recall anything taught in our Catholic religion classes about the full moon during that time with Jesus (or maybe I was absent when it was taken up in class).

I am not a very religious and biblical person, so I would not really have a good knowledge about it.  It seems that the information available online was just for calendars and full moons about the Holy Week holidays' different dates. Nothing at all on how it is related to the death of Jesus Christ. 

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