Liturgical Schedule of
"Do not corrupt your body with shameless acts and do not defile your soul with
evil thoughts, then God's peace will descend upon you, bringing with it love."
--St. Maximus the Confessor +682 (commemorated 21 January)
|Divine Liturgy followed by church school
As announced - see bulletin or monthly calendar
Confessions are heard following
Vespers, preceding Divine Liturgy or by appointment.
Guidelines for Proper Conduct in Church
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A brief explanation of differing calendars of the world:
March 27, 2005:
Pascha (Easter) is calculated as the first Sunday after the paschal full moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox. If the full moon falls on a Sunday, then Pascha is the following Sunday. The holiday can occur anywhere between March 22 and April 25.
The Western church does not use the actual, or astronomically correct date for the vernal equinox, but a fixed date (March 21). And by full moon it does not mean the astronomical full moon but the "ecclesiastical moon," which is based on tables created by the church. These constructs allow the date of Pascha to be calculated in advance rather than determined by actual astronomical observances, which are naturally less predictable.
The Council of Nicaea in 325 established that Pascha would be celebrated on Sundays; before that Pascha was celebrated on different days in different places in the same year.
May 1, 2005
The Orthodox church uses the same formula to calculate Pascha , but bases the date on a slightly different calendar—the Julian calendar instead of the more contemporary Gregorian one, the calendar that is most widely used today. Consequently, both churches only occasionally celebrate Pascha on the same day.
Unlike the Western Church, the Eastern Church sets the date of Pascha according to the actual, astronomical full moon and the actual equinox as observed along the meridian of Jerusalem, site of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
April 24 (sundown 4/23) to April 30/May 1, 2005 (5765):
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, the holiday commemorating the Hebrews' exodus from slavery in Egypt, lasts seven days in Israel and among Reform Jews, and eight days elsewhere around the world. It begins on the 15th day of Nisan, which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. It ends on the 21st of Nisan in Israel (and for Reform Jews) and on the 22nd of Nisan elsewhere.
Since Hebrew days begin and end at sundown, Passover begins at sundown on the preceding day.