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April 2019

Readings for April at the Parish Eucharist


Sunday 7th - Lent 5
Isaiah 43.16-21
Philippians 3.4b-14>
John 12.1-8

Sunday 14th - Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50.4-9a
Philippians 2.5-11
Sung Passion

Sunday 21st - Easter Day
Isaiah 65.17-end or 1 Corinthians 15.19-26
Acts 10.34-43
Luke 24.1-12 or John 20.1-18

Sunday 28th - Easter 2
Acts 5.27-32
Revelation 1.4-8
John 20.19-end

Moveable Feast - how the date of Easter is determined

Most people will tell you that Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, which is broadly true.  But the precise calculations are complicated and involve something called an ‘ecclesiastical full moon', which is not the same as the moon in the sky.  The earliest possible date for Easter in the West is 22 March, which last fell in 1818. The latest is 25 April, which last happened in 1943.

Sir Isaac Newton was one of the first to use the Hebrew lunar calendar to come up with firm dates for the first Good Friday: Friday 7 April 30 AD or Friday 3 April, 33 AD, with Easter Day falling two days later.  Modern scholars continue to think these the most likely. (from Parish Pump)

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