Early Easter

by | Mar 28, 2024 | Uncategorized

Easter feels like it has come early this year. That feeling must come from the fact that the holiday falls within the month of March, even if it is on its last day.

The formula for calculating Easter’s actual date is quite complex, based primarily on seasonal lunar cycles. Adding to the confusion, you can base the dates on different calendars: the Gregorian Calendar for the Western Church and the Julian Calendar for the Orthodox Church. I’ll leave its explanation to astronomers and mathematicians. But to say March 31 is an early date for Easter isn’t entirely accurate. The Resurrection of Our Lord can fall between March 22 and April 25, resulting in ten of 35 dates, nearly a third of the time, when Easter settles in March. Since Jesus exited the empty tomb, the Resurrection has been celebrated on the last day of this month 72 times.

There is no need to worry if you do not like Easter being celebrated in March. After this Sunday, it only happens five more times in this century. The next time is in three years, on March 28, 2027. Plus, I think it is safe to say that none of us will ever celebrate Easter on the earliest possible date, March 22. That happens next in 261 years, in the Year 2285. Conversely, if you want to observe the Resurrection on the latest possible date, April 25, many of us should be around then in 14 years, the Year 2038.

More important than the date of Easter is the reason for the day. We celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord. We invite you to join us this Easter Sunday, March 31, to offer all honor and glory to the Risen Christ. We will hold a Sunrise Worship Service at Venetian Shores Park, Lindenhurst, at 6:00 AM and another liturgy at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 36 East John Street, Lindenhurst, at 9:30 AM.

We also invite you to our church today, Thursday, March 27, for Maundy Thursday worship at 11:00 AM or 7:30 PM and Good Friday worship tomorrow, Friday, March 28, at 12:00 Noon and 7:30 PM. We are attaching worship bulletins for all liturgies.

Pastor Marc