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Questions tagged [easter]

Easter is the traditional Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Why does Christmas end on the Baptism of the Lord and not on the Presentation of the Lord?

The Presentation of the Lord is celebrated exactly 40 days after Christmas, yet Christmas ends on the Baptism of the Lord, which is the beginning of Ordinary Time. Why is the Christmas season short ...
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Is it true that if we make a good confession and receive the sacrament of Eucharist on the following Sunday of Easter all our sins will be forgiven?

Did Jesus Christ promise to St. Faustina that if people make a good confession and receive Holy Communion at mass on the second Sunday of Easter they will have a fresh (forgiveness of sins and the ...
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Why do the majority of Protestants celebrate Easter on the same day as the Catholic Church?

There are likely some Protestants that either refuse to celebrate Easter or with Jehovah witnesses that celebrate on a different day to the Catholic Church. But the vast majority of Protestant ...
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What is the earliest surviving reference to the Paschal Greeting?

It's common in some traditions to greet one another with a "Paschal Greeting" on Easter, such as "Christ is risen," with the response "He is risen indeed." The custom seems to have originated in the ...
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Is there any theological basis for the eating of lamb at Easter?

I'm almost certain that the answer is no and that lamb is eaten mostly because it's available and tasty. However my attempts to Google this have met with limited success. I have found suggestions that ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses hold a “commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ”?

For the last several years, I have received mailings from Jehovah's Witnesses that say the following: Lo invitamos a acompañarnos a la Conmemoración anual de la muerete de Jesuscristo. Este es el ...
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How is the date of Easter set on the Orthodox calendar?

How is the date of Easter set by the Orthodox churches? (If that's too broad, I'm specifically interested in Greek Orthodox.) According to the Greek Orthodox Diocese of America: Easter is on the ...
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Overview of countries using the Gregorian calendar vs the Julian calendar for calculating Easter?

I hope that this question is okay to ask in here. I am looking for an overview of countries that are using the Gregorian calendar as the basis for calculating the placement of Easter and/or a list of ...
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Why is the Feast of the Visitation held on May 31st, during the Easter/Pentecost season?

The Feast of the Visitation is held on May 31st (May 30th in Eastern churches), which depending on the year will fall into either the Easter or Pentecost season. It seems really strange to me that ...
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How much time did Jesus spend in Gethsemane?

In the four Gospels of the usual canon — Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, — only two of them mention any measure of time: Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, ...
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What are common ways for contemporary Christians to fast? [closed]

Which ingredients are being left out? (Besides meat, maybe spices? How about salt?) Are there different fasting dishes / cooking approaches in the various denominations?
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Why Does Passover “Skip” Over Easter? [closed]

Just a literal interpretation of the meaning behind Passover. Why skip over Easter? (Passover always lands on Easter) It's a semantical question.
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Why is the Lord's Passion read on Palm Sunday (in the Roman Catholic tradition)?

At Palm Sunday, there are two gospel readings: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion The gospel which describes the Procession with Palms The gospel which described the Lord's passion Why is the Lord's ...
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Did the Quartodecimans perform the eucharist only once a year on Nisan 14?

The Quartodecimans held a Christian Passover on Nisan 14. Does this mean that they performed the eucharist (Lord's Supper) only once a year on Nisan 14, or was the Christian Passover something ...
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Where did the account of Veronica originate?

Veronica wiping the face of Jesus during his passion is one of the stations of the cross in Roman Catholic tradition. This part of the passion has no basis in the Bible, though. Where did this ...
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What is the biblical basis for celebrating Easter?

On the night of the last supper Jesus instituted a new covenant that he commanded be kept with a ceremony he outlined in Luke 22:7-38 This was done after Passover and was meant to memorialize the ...
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What is an overview of Jesus' ministry during Holy Week?

Starting with his arrival in Jerusalem, what is an overview of events in the final week before his resurrection as they occurred on specific days of Holy Week? Note: I'm looking for an answer that ...
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When was the name “Easter” first used for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus?

So what I'm trying to find out is who, and what religion, and where was this word "Easter" first used to describe the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
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On what day did Jesus die? [duplicate]

If Easter Sunday (First day of the week) is the day Jesus rose the dead, why is Good Friday the day we recognize as the day Jesus died? That wouldn't give 3 days and 3 nights in the grave like Jesus ...
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Are Easter eggs derived from Ishtar Religion? [duplicate]

Are Easter eggs derived from Ishtar religion? And with that considered, What now is the connection of the Easter egg to Christianity's Easter? I've heard from multiple sources that the tradition ...
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Why are the dates for Passover and Easter almost a month apart this year? (2016)

Jesus was put to death on Passover eve Nisan 14. This was the first full moon following the vernal equinox.this year the vernal equinox is March 20.2016 The first full moon after March 20 is March 23 ...
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Is there a tradition of breaking pottery in the Paschal Liturgies of the Eastern Churches?

As a Melkite deacon, I'm familiar with the liturgical practices of the Eastern Churches. However, I've just seen a youtube video of something I've never heard of, and can't explain. Near the end of ...
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When and by whom was the Exsultet written?

On Wikipedia I found the Latin text of the Exsultet, but it is not clear when exactly it was written, or by whom. What is its origin?
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What is the difference between the Jewish celebration of Passover and the Christian celebration of Easter? [closed]

What are some of the main differences between the Jewish celebration of Passover from the Christian celebration of Easter?
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What is the origin among the Church of England of the Paschal Greeting?

He is Risen! So the Eastern Churches practice the paschal greeting as an Easter thing and I've picked up that tradition as a Roman Catholic because I think it's awesome. One of my close friends who ...
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Do any denominations besides the United Church of God commemorate Jesus' death on a Wednesday?

Other questions and answers have established that Jesus may have actually died on a Wednesday rather than a Friday. Have any Christians other than the United Church of God reached the Wednesday ...
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Jesus celebrated Jewish Passover; why Christians celebrate Easter, a different feast? [closed]

According to the four Canonical gospels Jesus Christ and the apostles kept the Passover (John records three Passovers celebrated by Jesus: John 2:13, John 6:4, John 11:55 ); Why Christians today ...
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Was Jesus Christ crucified on the 14th of Nisan (April 3, 33) or the 15th (April 4, 33),?

The Jewish calendar calculates a day from sunset to sunset, thus the Last Supper (on the Thursday evening) and Jesus' crucifixion (on Friday afternoon) happened in the same day. In John Gospel this ...
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Do the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches observe different dates for Pascha?

Someone claimed on another forum that the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church observe different dates for the feast of Pascha/Easter. Is this so? If so, what does this imply about the ...
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good ways to deal with “It's just a pagan holiday, he wasn't even born then” [duplicate]

I roll with some atheist and agnostic friends. At a fundamental level I consider [a lot of things] this question a defeat. It doesn't need to be. I lack the faith to speak the answer with conviction-- ...
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How were the quarter-millennium anniversaries of the resurrection of Jesus commemorated?

I am wondering how the 2034 Easter celebration will look like from the perspective of various Christian churches. I am mostly interested in the Roman Catholics. Since we can only guess, I would like ...
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“Felix culpa” - is it correct?

The Easter hymn Exultet speaks about felix culpa ("happy fault"): O felix culpa, quæ talem ac tantum méruit habére Redemptórem! O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a ...
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Why does Jesus' Resurrection mean hope for an individual and in what context?

This Easter, the phrase "Jesus' Resurrection represents hope for you and your family", was repeatedly stated among different Christian outlets (sermons, radio stations, banners, etc nation wide in the ...
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Fish on good Friday

I'm just wanting to clarify the rule about eating fish on Good Friday: is the intention to add fish to the diet or to remove all other meats from the diet?
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Do churches host distinctive, special services on Christmas, Christmas eve, and Easter?

I have read before that some (nominal) Christians only attend worship services on Christmas and Easter. Are there anything special about those two holidays that compel them to attend church during ...
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Why keep baptismal fonts full in the Roman Catholic Church?

In our (Presbyterian) church, we have a stone baptismal font in which we fill with water whenever we need to baptize somebody. At other times, it's empty, more for reasons of plumbing than doctrine - ...
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Why is the Exsultet so keen on bees?

The Exsultet or Exultet is a beautiful Latin hymn for the Easter vigil. There are a few different versions. Part of the ceremony involves lighting the Paschal candle, and the text thanks the bees who ...
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Is there a special name for the day between Easter and Good Friday?

I have always called it Sad Saturday in an effort to highlight the despair the disciples must have felt after seeing their Lord killed. This answer covers a lot of those days in there (most clearly ...
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Why were Jehovah's Witnesses holding a Memorial Service for Jesus on Tuesday, March 26 2013?

I was approached by two Jehovah's Witnesses who invited me to a memorial service for Jesus to be held on Tuesday, March 26th. The flier they gave me said that this is the anniversary of Jesus' death. ...
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Where did Jesus go after he died at the cross? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection? In the dutch traditional creed, is written that Jesus went down to hell. And sometimes people say Jesus ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Tomorrow is the first Friday in Easter and in the Catholic Church Fridays are days of penance. If a person usually does something small, like not continuously munch on things while at his desk, in ...
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How does the Passover foreshadow the coming of Jesus as the Messiah?

In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul refers to Jesus as "Christ, our Passover", suggesting that the Passover of Exodus somehow foreshadowed the life of Jesus. How specifically does the Passover do this? ...
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How come Easter is associated with Eggs, Bunnies and Flowers?

On the note of soon to pass Good Friday, Good Friday is the time of the year where we remember the death of Jesus, and Easter is where we remember the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Correct me if I am ...
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Why are the same palms used on Palm Sunday used for Ash Wednesday services the next year?

In the Episcopal church, the traditional source of ashes on Ash Wednesday comes from the burnt remains of the previous year's Palm Sunday fronds. How did this practice originate, and what is the ...
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Where was Jesus' tomb?

We can be pretty sure it isn't in Japan. The two most referenced sites are: The Aedicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and The Garden Tomb. However, both stake their claims by virtue of their ...
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The nature of Jesus's 40 days post-resurrection but pre-ascension

I recently learned that the gap in time between the resurrection and the ascension of Jesus into heaven was given as "40 days". I'm curious about that period and have a few related questions about it ...
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Why do some traditions *not* celebrate Christmas or Easter in any official fashion?

Following-up to these previous questions, why do some traditions not celebrate the birth and death (or, more accurately, His resurrection) of Christ as "official" church "events"? I understand that ...
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Is there a basis for Christian holidays in the Bible? [closed]

I was just curious if holiday celebrations like Christmas and Easter were written in the Bible, not merely mentioned but specifically indicating that people should celebrate them. It seems to me that ...
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Why is Easter celebrated on a different day every year and Christmas is not?

It is well known that on Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection, but every year it is held on a different date, whereas Jesus' birthday—Christmas—is celebrated on the same day every year. ...
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How long was Jesus in the tomb?

Christians commonly celebrate Good Friday as the day that Jesus was crucified, and Easter Sunday as the day that Jesus rose from the tomb. Most relevant verses in scripture say that Jesus would be in ...