Site of Calvary?
The Eastern Orthodox have a somewhat different religious calendar than other groups. This Sunday will be their biggest one of the year:
The Eastern Orthodox Celebrate the Resurrection of ChristThe Phoenix, PA – April 17, 2009Many Christians in the West have no idea that the Eastern Orthodox Church exists…
This year Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 19…
Not Easter, but Pascha
Chances are you will not actually hear the word “Easter” in Orthodox churches. The Orthodox will almost always use the word Pascha for the feast of the resurrection of Christ, as we have since about the time of the Lord’s ascension. “Pascha” is the Greek transliteration of Pesach, which is the Hebrew word for Passover. From apostolic times the Orthodox celebration of the resurrection has been framed within the story of the Passover in Exodus.
This is big. Really, really big
There are 12 major feasts celebrating Christ in the Orthodox year — and Pascha is not among them! Pascha is too big. Pascha is the Feast of Feasts! It gives meaning to everything else we do and believe. So like the woman in the Gospel pouring costly oil on the Lord’s feet, we spare nothing in our love and response to Christ’s resurrection.
We…read aloud the Gospel in many languages, our hearts radiant in the presence of the risen Lord.
Then there is the fellowship meal after the paschal services, which often continues into dawn — tables laden with food and drink, red-dyed eggs and decorated bread, and everyone in bright (or white) festive clothing. No other feast of the Church comes anywhere close to the extravagant, colorful and loud celebration of Pascha.
Pascha, a New PassoverThe original Passover is the prophecy for the true Passover, which Christ would accomplish through His death and resurrection on the third day. This is why Christ died during the Passover, and why He celebrated the Passover supper with His disciples. Christ was saying, basically, that this event is only a prophecy, a model of the event that I am now bringing to reality before you. http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/articles/2009/04/17/life/srv0000005118804.txt
While the Orthodox are correct that Passover was not last Sunday. They seem to have forgotten that they originally kept Passover on the 14th.
They also seemed to forget that colored eggs are not part of Jesus’ original Passover.
If the Orthodox would truly go back to the original practices of the Bible, they could be the church that they want to tell others that they are.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Did Early Christians Celebrate Easter? If not, when did this happen? What do scholars and the Bible reveal?
Passover and the Early Church Did the early Christians observe Passover? What did Jesus and Paul teach? Why did Jesus die for our sins?
Some Similarities and Differences Between the Orthodox Church and the Living Church of God Both groups claim to be the original church, but both groups have differing ways to claim it. Both groups have some amazing similarities and some major differences. Do you know what they are?