Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Opus 2012-87, Orthodox Easter

You may not have noticed but Easter Sunday is different each year.  This is because the calculation for Easter in most Christian churches is based on the lunar calendar, not the solar calendar.  Like Passover, the Jewish holiday that Jesus was celebrating at the Last Supper, it is based on the first full moon after the vernal equinox.  Like the full moon, this changes each month.

Orthodox churches are different.  Churches in the West use the Gregorian calendar to do their calculations.  This is a revision introduced in 1582.  The Orthodox churches use the older, Julian calendar so they usually get a different date.  The difference is a few minutes a year but over time it adds up.  This year the Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on the coming Sunday of April 15.  You see the same kind of difference in Christmas.

So if you were too busy to celebrate last week, rejoice.  It is still Easter to millions of people world wide.  And if you know your church history you know that every Sunday is a day that we are supposed to celebrate the resurrection.

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

homo unius libri

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