If people in different time zones were to calculate the date of Easter depending on when they observed the paschal full moon, then that would mean that the date of Easter would be different depending on which time zone they lived in.For that reason, the church does not use the exact date of the paschal full moon but an approximation.Still, if you have Orthodox Christian friends or visit a predominantly Orthodox country such as Greece and Russia in late spring, you may find yourself celebrating a second Easter. Afendoulis, pastor of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Newport, the only Orthodox Church on Aquidneck Island, provides an explanation.In some years, the Easter celebration by Greek Orthodox and Christians of other denominations can be separated by as much as six weeks. “For the Greek Orthodox, we calculate the date for our Savior’s Resurrection based on a decision adopted by the First Ecumenical Council of 325 A.“The services take a different turn the week before (Easter), when the themes are more pronounced.” "On Holy Friday, Christ is removed from the cross while the children receive his body (in the form of an icon) from the cross and help the priest lay him in a tomb, which has been beautifully decorated with flowers and greens, and placed in the center of the church.” In the evening, parishioners chant the funeral and Resurrection dirges, followed by a procession into Thames Street with the decorated tomb.Celebrations for the “small resurrection” are held on Holy Saturday morning, with a chanting Resurrection Service at p.m. At the conclusion of the Resurrection service at a.m., Easter eggs are distributed and a meal is served in the Community Hall, ending the fast.Eastern Orthodox Christians, such as the Greek and Russian Orthodox Christians, continue to use the older Julian calendar to calculate the date of Easter.
Easter is calculated based on the phases of the moon and the coming of spring. D., the Council of Nicaea, which agreed upon the basic principles of Christianity, established a formula for the date of Easter as the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the spring equinox.In practice, that means that Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or after March 21.Easter can occur as early as March 22 and as late as April 25, depending on when the paschal full moon occurs.On Sunday morning, the church will celebrate the agape vespers and the Gospel will be read in various languages of the world.The service concludes with an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.As the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America explained in a 1994 article entitled "The Date of Pascha."The Council of Nicaea set up a formula for calculating the date of Easter to separate the Christian celebration of Christ's Resurrection from the Jewish celebration of Passover.While Easter and Passover were related historically—the Council of Nicaea ruled that because Christ is symbolically the sacrificial Passover lamb, the holiday of Passover no longer has theological significance for Christians.You can easily find the date of Easter in this and future years, in both the Western (Gregorian) and Eastern (Julian) calculations online.The Council of Nicaea decided that Easter must always occur on a Sunday because Sunday was the day on which Christ rose from the dead.It is similar to other church’s Easter celebrations, but it varies based on cultural tradition.“As we transition from this pre-fast period, we enter the beginning of the fast period, and the services start to intensify and are unique to this period, namely the services of Great Compline, the Liturgy of the pre-sanctified gifts, and Friday evening service of the Salutations to the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, which are celebrated on a weekly basis,” he said.