Tag: Calendar

When Traditions End: On the Changing Date of Christmas and Ukrainian Identity
Liturgical Life

When Traditions End: On the Changing Date of Christmas and Ukrainian Identity

I first heard the rumor’s confirmation as I was heading out the church door. The cantor was saying goodbye to me and added with a half-smile that change was inevitable. The Julian calendar was bound to fall behind the Gregorian calendar, he said, so much that Christmas according to the two calendars eventually would be…

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Religious Calendars in Antiquity
Biblical Studies, Church History

Religious Calendars in Antiquity Some Background to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s Recent Calendar Switch

On September 1st, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine moved to the Revised Julian (“New”) Calendar. Fixed festivals will now align with Gregorian Calendar dates. In a statement, the OCU Synod stated that the Julian (“Old”) Calendar had become associated predominately with the Russian tradition. In addition, they point out that the Julian system has no…

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Debating Christmas Day: Copts, Calendars, and the Immigrants’ Church
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Debating Christmas Day: Copts, Calendars, and the Immigrants’ Church

This essay is co-published with the Coptic Canadian History Project. A longer version is available on the CCHP website. On December 11, 2019, Metropolitan Serapion and the clergy of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii wrote a statement pronouncing that Christmas celebrations will be held in the diocese on both December 25…

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Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter
Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

This essay was originally published in 2017. It was updated for 2021. A common misperception among Orthodox Christians is that Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea…

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Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter
Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

by John Fotopoulos There is a common misperception among Orthodox Christians that the reason why Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter is because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and […]

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