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Is there any theological basis for the eating of lamb at Easter?

It seems that the Catholic tradition of eating lamb at Easter was first documented in the 7th century: “The oldest prayer for the blessing of lambs can be found in the seventh-century sacramentary (...
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How is the date of Easter set on the Orthodox calendar?

The Orthodox Churches continue to use the Julian Calendar with the result the equinox is assumed to be 13 days later than it really is. March 21 Julian is April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar commonly ...
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What is the earliest surviving reference to the Paschal Greeting?

There is a tradition in the Eastern Orthodox Church that the saying was made popular by Mary Magdalene when she supposedly addressed Emperor Tiberius in Rome with the words “Christ is risen.” Mary ...
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How long was Jesus in the tomb?

These three sacrifices of the Passover, Feast of unleavened bread, and the waving of the first fruit typified the death burial and resurrection of Christ and establish a timeline. At Passover on ...
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Why is the Feast of the Visitation held on May 31st, during the Easter/Pentecost season?

The Wikipedia article you link to actually gives a clear explanation: quoting from the Roman Calendar, "so that it would harmonize better with the Gospel story." From 1389, when the feast ...
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Why do the majority of Protestants celebrate Easter on the same day as the Catholic Church?

Protestants have not used the same date for Easter as Catholics for every year since 1518. They did until 1582, but in 1583 the Pope introduced the Gregorian Calendar. From then on Protestants ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses what does the Bible say about Easter?

In a word - Nothing. The word itself never appears in the Bible (some English translations put it in but the text does not have it.) The word was a later 'invention', as a sort of short-hand for the ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses what does the Bible say about Easter?

The Bible reveals more about Easter than some would think *. The word Easter generally refers to a Christian festival or holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In several other ...
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Why do the majority of Protestants celebrate Easter on the same day as the Catholic Church?

Very few Protestant traditions, if any, reject beliefs or practices simply because they are held or observed by another tradition. It might seem that way sometimes, but they almost always have some ...
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How did Christians get from the biblical feast of Passover to Easter sunday?

Easter and Passover are two different celebrations. Passover celebrates the escape of the Israelites from Egypt and the sparing of them from the plague of killing the firstborn. Easter celebrates the ...
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Who can move Easter celebrations in the Orthodox Churches?

Who made the decision that the autonomous Finnish Orthodox Church could celebrate Easter at the same time as Western Churches and was the Ecumenical Patriarch involved? The decision for this ...
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How do the 1962 Holy Week ceremonies compare to the 1954 ones?

A Brief Comparison of the Traditional Roman [1954] & Pian [1962] Holy Week Ceremonies “The beginning of this renewal was the work of Our predecessor … Pius XII, in the restoration of the Paschal ...
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What date was the second Easter?

OP: 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)? In common across the Christian ...
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Overview of countries using the Gregorian calendar vs the Julian calendar for calculating Easter?

Do any countries officially use the Julian Calendar for fixing the date of Easter? The Ukraine (at the moment of answering this question) uses the Gregorian Calendar for its' international affairs. ...
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How long was Jesus in the tomb?

Jesus predicted that he would be buried for three days and three nights (72 hours). Why would you doubt his word? Christianity has a long-standing tradition of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Almost ...
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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 start all over again? The short ...
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What authority can move the celebration days of Easter in the Catholic Church?

What authority can move the celebration days of Easter in the Catholic Church? I can not find a source that says who permitted the Catholic Church on the Island of Syros to celebrate Easter on the ...
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Why is the Jewish Passover on 28 March 2021 but Good Friday is on 2 April 2021?

Why is the Jewish Passover on 28 March 2021 but Good Friday is on 2 April 2021? Actually everything is in its’ proper place. Easter is a “movable feast” and does not have a fixed date. However, it is ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Should one avoid fasting during Easter? The short answer is: Absolutely no fasting is permitted during the Easter Season. The fifty days between Easter and Pentecost have ever been considered by ...
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Was Jesus Christ crucified on the 14th of Nisan (April 3, 33) or the 15th (April 4, 33)?

Was Jesus Christ crucified on the 14th of Nisan (April 3, 33) or the 15th (April 4, 33)? Embedded in the question is a misunderstanding of the problem: the question should be: "Was Friday 3rd ...
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Why is the Lord's Passion read on Palm Sunday (in the Roman Catholic tradition)?

The Passion is read "by anticipation" on Palm Sunday. Although that day begins joyfully with the ceremony of the palms, it ends with a "character of sacred gloom," as the liturgist Dom Prosper ...
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What are common ways for contemporary Christians to fast?

In the Catholic Church there are only two days of fasting in modern times: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during ...
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What are common ways for contemporary Christians to fast?

In Orthodox Christianity, fasting is vegan (no meat, no dairy, no egg, basically nothing of animal origin). And no alcohol (that means avoiding vinegar, as well). Monks and nuns (and some of the more ...
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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?

This Question is concerning the indulgence granted on "Divine Mercy Sunday". Indulgences are not about the forgiveness of sins, but about the removal of Punishment for sins committed after entering ...
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Why does Christmas end on the Baptism of the Lord and not on the Presentation of the Lord?

Why does Christmas end on the Baptism of the Lord and not on the Presentation of the Lord? Christmastide and the Christmas Season are not the same thing! The Christmas season still ends on the Feast ...
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How did Christians get from the biblical feast of Passover to Easter sunday?

One of the great controversies that led to the Schism of 1054 was the type of bread to be used at Passover. For the Roman Catholic, it was unleavened. For the Eastern Orthodox, it was leavened. The ...
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Why do we celebrate Easter only 2 days after Good Friday?

3 days and 3 nights To an American with a clock, this phrase automatically makes us think of 3 entire days and nights or 3-24HR periods. This phrase to a Jew in the 1st century and before would have ...
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Why is the Jewish Passover on 28 March 2021 but Good Friday is on 2 April 2021?

Long ago at Nicea it was decided not to permit things Christian (Good Friday, resurrection Sunday) to coincide with things Jewish (Passover, full moon), as the two could fall on the same day. So, the ...
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