“Ordinary” Time


Thus writes Marvin Olasky: “Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.” But the question of a fixed date for Easter, the Christian Passover, is once again under discussion, at the highest ecumenical levels. The well-known English writer, A.N. Wilson, says in his column in the Spectator (January 23, 2016) that the purpose of this discussion “is to allow people to plan their holidays”. This destroys all the poetry and symbolism of Easter’s relation to the Jewish Passover. Apparently Pope Francis, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Coptic Pope Tawodros II – presumably in consultation with Ryanair, Tesco and Disney World – are all agreed on the plan to turn the central mystery of the Christian faith into a mere spring break”. It is inconceivable: but just remember what vandalism has been wrought on the celebrations of Epiphany and the Ascension.

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2 Responses to “Ordinary” Time

  1. On the one hand, I think it would be great if we could get Christians of the East and the West to celebrate our greatest Feast on the same day. On the other hand, tying the date of Easter to the secular calendar — second Sunday of April, or whatever — rather than the date of the Jewish Passover certainly smacks of accommodation (rather like Spring Break or the date for MLK day) rather than acknowledging the common mind of the Church. I’d be surprised, though, if the Orthodox churches would agree to ANY change — either this proposed date accommodation or the calculation that the Western Church has long used.


  2. Ronald R.MacNaughton says:

    Has there not been enough destruction already? Leave well enough alone.


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