Rev. Fr. George Kevorkian, pastor of St. Ignatius Antiochian
Orthodox Mission in the Village of Florida, will celebrate Pascha
(Easter) on the same day as the Western churches, April 24.
03 March 2011, Florida - The Orthodox Church
Lent begins this Monday, March 7, and for the second consecutive year,
Easter, the most important feast in the Christian calendar, will be
celebrated on the same date, April 24, by both Orthodox and Western
In most years Eastern and Western Christianity celebrate Easter, which
is a movable feast as opposed to having a fixed date like Christmas, on
different dates. Two years ago, for example, Easter Sunday was
celebrated on April 12 by Western churches on and April 19 by Orthodox
“This difference occurs,” said Rev. Fr. George Kevorkian, pastor of St.
Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Mission in the Village of Florida, “because
the Orthodox Church uses the older Julian calendar, established in 46
BC, as opposed to the newer Gregorian Calendar, established in the 16th
Century and used by the Western churches.”
Kevorkian explained that the difference in calendars causes the dates to
sometimes be one week apart, occasionally occur on the same day, and
even be as much as five weeks apart.
Last year he stated, “What’s more unusual is that we will all celebrate
Easter on the same date again next year. And no one can remember when
that last happened.”
St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Mission, located at 75 North Main St.,
will offer services from Wednesday, March 9, until the celebration of
Easter or “Pascha” on Sunday, April 24.
“Instead of Easter,” said Kevorkian, “we use the Greek word “Pascha”
which means passover, and reminds us that the death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ allows us to pass over from death to new life.”
On Pascha (Easter), St. Ignatius will offer a Midnight Resurrection
service and, later that morning, Agape Vespers with Gospel readings in
multiple languages at 11 a.m.
For additional information, call 651-0888
Source: The Warwick Advertiser