Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue urges common Easter date

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2000

CHICAGO (AP) -- A panel representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and U.S. Eastern Orthodox churches has endorsed a call to have all Christians mark Easter on the same date.

Christianity's eastern and western branches often follow different dates. For instance, this year western Easter is April 23 and Orthodox Easter is April 30.

Easter is the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox, but eastern and western Christians use different calculations.

Participants in a 1997 meeting in Aleppo, Syria, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, proposed joint acceptance of modern astronomical calculations taken from the meridian of Jerusalem, starting in 2001 when both eastern and western Easters fall on April 15.

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