Letters to the Editor

There are two Easter observances

Regarding "Body of research" (March 22, Page F-1): One of the pictures showed Greek Orthodox nuns holding candles at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

This picture gave some the impression that the 300 million Orthodox Christians in the world also celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on March 23. This is not the case. Orthodox Christians will celebrate the resurrection April 27.

Why is there a difference? The formula used to determine the date of the resurrection is the same that was used by the early Christian Church. This formula is: The resurrection is to be celebrated on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, following the vernal equinox, but always after the Jewish Passover. This formula was accepted when there was but one Christian Church. This formula shows that the resurrection is celebrated in accordance with how the events are recorded in the Holy Gospels.

I hope this explanation is helpful.

REV. JON MAGOULIAS

pastor, Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

Modesto

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