Orthodox Church Celebrates Easter

The Orthodox Christian Easter was celebrated this year May 5. The reason for this late date is it follows the formula set down by the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council held in Nicea in 325. This date is based on the Julian Calendar. The formula followed for this decision is that Easter must follow after the Spring Vernal Equinox after the Jewish Passover. The determination of the date of Easter is governed by a computation based on the vernal equinox and the phase of the moon. According to the council, Easter Sunday should fall on the Sunday which follows the first full moon after the vernal equinox. If the full moon happens to fall on a Sunday, Easter is observed the following Sunday. Services were celebrated at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church the week preceding May 5.