Now I’m free to join as many church groups as I’d like, to spend my time meeting new Orthodox people and to participate in church events instead of planning long-distance visits or scheduling phone-calls.I could’ve raised our children in the Orthodox Church by myself, but how confusing would it be for them to see their parents taking Communion at different places, celebrating Pascha twice, or going to multiple services for Christmas?Editor’s Note: This article was first written in 1994 and then appeared in the Word Magazine in 2000.It should be noted that the article objectively examines the origin, history and methods for dating Pascha.
Different Christian denominations continue to celebrate Easter on different dates, with Eastern and Western Christian churches being a notable example. The dioceses of all Asia, according to an ancient tradition, held that the fourteenth day of the moon [of Nisan], on which day the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the lamb, should always be observed as the feast of the life-giving pasch (epi tes tou soteriou Pascha heortes ἐπὶ ταῖς τοῦ σωτηρίου Πάσχα ἑορταῖς), contending that the fast ought to end on that day, whatever day of the week it might happen to be.In Egypt, Coptic Christians marked Easter with midnight Mass, holding candles and praying.In Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and President Vladimir Putin attended an Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.According to the Gospel of John (for example John ), this was the day that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem.(The Synoptic Gospels place the day on 15 Nisan, see also Chronology of Jesus.) Irenaeus records the diversity of practice regarding Easter that had existed at least from the time of Pope Sixtus I (c. He recorded Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, observing the fourteenth day of the moon, whatever day of the week that might be, following a tradition which he claimed to have derived from John the Apostle.
The last paragraph clearly echoes the sentiment of the First Ecumenical Council that the dating of Pashca should be done, "With one accord and in the same manner".