Holy Tuesday 2014

Although I had realized this at the beginning of Lent, somehow I had forgotten again until now the fact that the Eastern (Orthodox) and Western (Catholic/Protestant) branches of the Christian family have celebrated Lent at the same time this year, meaning that Holy Week and Easter are being celebrated together by everyone in the Christian family this week!  The last time this happened was in 2010, and the time before that was in 2000.  This occurs because the Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, and the Eastern churches us the old Julian calendar to date holy events.  This accounts for the difference in when we celebrate Christmas, too, and is actually one of the main causes of the rift between the East and West in the way back times.  What a joy that the entire Body of Christ can celebrate Easter this Sunday as one!  

 

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