We are getting set to celebrate Easter this weekend. Friday night we’ll have a Good Friday service at 7:00 PM. Several people will be sharing on the topic “The 7 Words from the Cross.” Then we’ll celebrate the resurrection on Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. This year Michaella has joined a choir that is preparing to sing a couple hymns. We hope and pray that all our friends have a wonderful weekend as we celebrate the reason for our hope, the resurrection of Jesus.
Someone sent me this information about Easter this year and I thought I’d just copy it for you. I thought it was interesting.
Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox (March 21). The dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. This year (2008) is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have seen it this early. And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here are the facts:
The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you are 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that). The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year! Thankfully, whether 200 years ago or 200 years from now, Jesus is alive!!