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Senior Moments: On Easter, He is risen, indeed!

By Emma Edwards, Friday, April 6, 2018

This Sunday is Easter, when we greet one another with “He is risen” and the other person says “He is risen indeed!”

Next year, Easter falls on April 21 and last year it was April 11. Easter is on a different day every year. Why?

According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, the date is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. Evidently, it took centuries to lock into a method for determining the date on which Easter falls.

“It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after March 21.” And I thought it had to do with the sun!

More people attend church on Easter than any other day of the year. What’s known as Holy Week by most denominations begins a week before with Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Jesus and, depending upon your church, different days are significant. Some celebrate Maundy Thursday, the last supper. Most observe Good Friday, when the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus took place. Then there’s the vigil at the tomb and, on Sunday, the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Over the years, most churches we were involved in featured an Easter Sunrise Service followed by breakfast. And then an 11 a.m. Easter service with our combined choirs presented an amazing Cantata, often with a narrator.

Many churches have gotten away from that practice. However, a little plug for our local First Baptist Church (503-861-2432). Choir Director Monique Edwards told me they have a good-sized choir presenting an amazing cantata called “Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb” at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday. She emphasized that all are welcome. They’ll also have a sunrise service.

As you know, Easter is on April Fools’ Day this year.

Believe it or not, April Fools’ is older than Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Its origin is not exactly known, but there is evidence it’s been around since 1582 in France. That was when “Charles IX ruled, the Gregorian calendar was introduced and New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1.

“People continued to celebrate on April 1, either not knowing the calendar had been changed or not caring. Those people were often referred to as ‘fools’ for celebrating a day that no longer existed. Still, they set a trend known around the world and April Fools’ became commonplace in many households.”

Hope to see you all soon. And no gluing a quarter to the pavement as an April Fools’ prank just so you can see a lady break her fingernails trying to pick it up.

My boys used to do that!

Easter Sunday will fall on April 1 again in the year 2029, so you may wish to be prepared. And, hope to see you in church this Sunday -- not sure about 2029.

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