Did you know Catholics and Orthodox don’t celebrate Easter on the same date every year?

However, that could all change soon!

Last week, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said conversations are underway with the Catholic Church to come together on an agreement for a common celebration of the most important day in Christianity. Bartholomew said:

“But, unfortunately, for many years we no longer celebrate it together, for many centuries.

Therefore, within the framework of this anniversary, the subject of our joint efforts with the Pope is to find a solution to this problem.

It may not be time to talk about the details yet, but I want to emphasize that there is this good intention from the Orthodox and Catholic sides to finally set a common date for the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.” 

He explained that he supported a common date to be set in 2025, which marks the 1,700th anniversary of the First Council of Nicaea.

The First Council of Nicaea decided Easter would be celebrated the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox, meaning Easter could fall between March 22 to April 25.

Learn more about why Easter falls on a different date every year!

Pray for ecumenism!


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