Letitia channelFrom Rancho Cucamonga
Both the moon phases and the equinox are at play and the ecclesiastically defined equinox at Nicea, March 21, becomes April 3 in the Gregorian calendar. Both the moon phases and the equinox are at play and the ecclesiastically defined equinox at Nicea, March 21, becomes April 3 in the Gregorian calendar. At the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, most Western churches moved from method 1 to method 3, while Orthodox churches moved from method 1 to method 2. There are 35 possible dates in the spring season northern hemisphere for celebrating a one-time event. Not only would Easter continue its wandering, but it would wander differently in different regions.
Orthodox Easter Sunday dates are based on the original calculation method in the Julian calendar, celebrated on the corresponding Gregorian calendar date. The holiday is a quasicrystal in time rather than space. But there is another problem: In defining the date for Easter, people and churches speak of "the first full moon" or "the vernal equinox" in an inexact or even incorrect way: One web site provides examples of right and wrong definitions: This is right: Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon PFM date for the year. Consequently, Orthodox Easter Sunday dates are generally slipping later into the year.