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Eastern Orthodox Easter

Eastern Orthodox Easter

This year Eastern Orthodox Easter Day fell on 28 April. Western Easter Day was a week earlier, on 21 April. Both East and West follow the Nicene calculation: The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. The Eastern Orthodox Church continues to follow the Julian calendar when calculating the… Continue Reading

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

In 1752 England and the British colonies in America upgraded from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar. The day after 2 September 1752 was 14 September 1752. This removed days from the year to bring it back to the way the seasons were in 325AD when Christians first agreed how to date Easter. Do the… Continue Reading

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It’s Ordinary Time

It’s Ordinary Time

Sometimes you can patch together one great thing and another wonderful thing and make of the patched thing something appealing that works. At other times, when you patch two things together, you end up with a dog’s breakfast. When it comes to the calendar and lectionary for January and February, NZ Anglicanism has done the… Continue Reading

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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2019

Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2019

We can once again this year make use of the ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. In the past, when calendars were not common, it clearly had functional value to give the date and feasts dependant on the date of Easter Day. It still has value as… Continue Reading

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Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

On Monday, it is 50 years since Thomas Merton’s death. There will be many events internationally. In Christchurch, people will meet at 6pm, starting at the Waimairi Cemetery, 195 Grahams Road, Burnside, where members of the Merton Family are buried [Read more here and here]. There’s plenty on this website about Thomas Merton. I have… Continue Reading

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Thomas Merton – Day of a Stranger – Film

Thomas Merton – Day of a Stranger – Film

Day of a Stranger // Teaser from transcendental media on Vimeo. Yesterday, an e-friend let me know that there’s a film being developed on Thomas Merton’s hermit years – based around his tape recordings. That made my day! I wasn’t even aware of these hermitage tapes. The video above is a teaser for what it… Continue Reading

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Fixing Easter Day

Fixing Easter Day

An agreement has been reached to move Easter to April 1, “whatever day of the week that might happen to be”. A committee has been meeting several times a year for three years. It has had representatives from the Vatican, Eastern Orthodoxy (2 reps: Constantinople and Moscow), the Copts, Armenians, Anglicans, and The World Council… Continue Reading

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