Easter is about 'new life' in Christ and Easter Eggs are a widely used traditional symbol of 'new life', decorated in many ways in many different countries.
These eggs are decorated in the Romanian tradition.
Easter Sunday is the greatest celebration of the Christian Year and is marked by every Christian the world over, when the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated and the triumph of life over death. The fast is over and the party begins.
The Easter greeting exchanged by Christians the world over is 'The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed!' In some eastern European countries, such as Romania, this greeting is the everyday expected greeting between people in the streets throughout the Easter season until Pentecost.
Traditionally, newly baptised Christians would be welcomed into the church on Easter Sunday. If you want to experience a truly traditional baptism, then this is the day! Easter is celebrated every Sunday throughout the year, but the greatest celebration is Easter Day itself.
Why Easter dates are different each year…
Easter Sunday is the date of the annual celebration of Christ's resurrection. The aim of the Easter Dating Method is to maintain, for each Easter Sunday, the same season of the year and the same relationship to the preceding astronomical full moon that occurred at the time of his resurrection in 30 A.D. Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (PFM) date for the year. Paschal is pronounced Pas-kul, not Pas-chal.
In the orthodox churches, Easter is still calculated using the ancient Julian calendar whilst the western churches use the more recent Gregorian calendar. This gives rise to differences in the date of Easter. In some years the Orthodox Easter Sunday occurs on the same day as the Western Easter Sunday. In most years, Orthodox Easter follows Western Easter by one or more weeks.
Ascension Day is the 40th day after Easter and marks the ascension of Christ into heaven following his resurrection. Luke's story of the event can be found in The Acts of the Apostles, chapter 1.
Browse through our services planned for Easter in the Activities/Events Calendar.