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

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What date was the second Easter?

When did the early Christians celebrate the second Easter? Did it fall on the same day as the Jewish Pasch (Sabbath day / Saturday) or on the next day (Sunday)?
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses what does the Bible say about Easter?

Jehovah's Witnesses are well known for avoiding most if not all religious holiday celebrations. Most reasons center on the apparent linkage of these celebrations with various pagan celebrations and ...
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What does the "Paschal mystery" mean in the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church often refers to the Mass, or the Sacrifice of the Mass, as the "Paschal Mystery", a reflection on the events that took place in the near vicinity of Jesus' crucifixion. ...
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What are similar movements exist between Easter Celebrations in the Novus Ordo and the Extraordinary form of the Mass?

Since we'll probably never have a TLM Mass at my parish for any of the Easter celebrations, I wanted to ask what the differences would be, but the differences seem to be too many to enumerate so I ...
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How do the 1962 Holy Week ceremonies compare to the 1954 ones?

How do the 1962 Holy Week ceremonies, initiated by Pius XII's 1955 Holy Week reforms, compare to the 1954 ones? cf. FIUV's PP 14: Holy Week Reform of 1955, Part I - General Comments PP 14: Holy Week ...
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When, and by whom, did what we now call Easter Sunday first become known as Resurrection Sunday?

During the course of my search into the origins of ‘Resurrection Sunday’ I found some interesting information, but mainly to do with the name ‘Easter’: The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems ...
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Any traditional Vigil celebration on Holy Thursday?

In the Catholic world, Holy Thursday is mostly celebrated with a mass, the Mass of the Lord's Supper, where the Washing of the Feet is performed. The liturgical texts concentrate on those events and ...
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How do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday?

After checking the Orthodox Christianity and Easter tags (over 400 of them), I could find nothing specific on how Orthodox Christianity celebrates Easter Sunday, apart from the Paschal greeting What ...
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Who is this cardinal in this picture?

Who is this pope's auxiliary? I see him with the Pope in many pictures. Thanks
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Why is the Jewish Passover on 28 March 2021 but Good Friday is on 2 April 2021?

I've just noticed that the Jewish Festival of Passover falls on Sunday 28th March (2021), the night of the full moon, but the Christian Church is celebrating "Good Friday" on Friday 2 April (...
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Does the Catholic Church have an official definition of Easter/Paschal Season?

One of the precepts of the Catholic Church says :"You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season." At some places, the words Paschal Season replace the ...
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Why do we celebrate Easter only 2 days after Good Friday?

I have always wondered why we celebrate Easter only two 24 hour periods since Good Friday. Throughout Scripture we see the Apostles and Paul talking about Jesus's Resurrection was three days after his ...
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Alternative Names for Eastertide?

So I just asked the question why Pentecost is called Pentecost before Pentecost in the Eastern Church. And it got me thinking, what are alternative names for Eastertide? I am aware of Eastertide, ...
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Who can move Easter celebrations in the Orthodox Churches?

I have come to understand that the autonomous Finnish Orthodox Church celebrates Easter at the same time as Western Churches. Who made the decisions, and was the Ecumenical Patriarch involved?
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What authority can move the celebration days of Easter in the Catholic Church?

I have come to learn that the Roman Catholic Church on the Greek Island of Syros celebrates Easter at the same time as the Eastern Orthodox Churches in general. Who made the decision?
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How did Christians get from the biblical feast of Passover to Easter sunday?

Can any one offer an educated answer of how the Christian Church moved from Passover on the 14th day of the first biblical month to the day we now call Easter? (You can even pretend Passover and ...
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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 día,...
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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 is the date of the 2016 Passover a month late when compared to Easter?

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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