Easter Sunday is reckoned as “the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox.” That system dates back to the Council of Nicea in 325 and a desire to assure that Easter Sunday should have a universally accepted dating, and with acknowledgement that our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters did not accept the Western calendar until after the Gregorian calendar was recognized in the West, it has largely been a universally accepted occasion. Year after year Christians have marked this most Holy of moments in our year with reference and celebration, though this year will be fundamentally different. Through periods of war and peace, at times of great abundance and deep depression, the Christian Community has gathered on this first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox to declare with faith “Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed.” The truth of that declaration is not diminished because we cannot be together, but it is somehow different for us. We have been changed by this Coronavirus crisis, and we will never be the same. At some level, being changed and brought to a whole new understanding of life is the point of Easter Sunday. I hope you will join us this week, as we again gather virtually but honestly to proclaim for all the world to hear: Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!
Sunday Scripture Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 Matthew 28:1-10