AS all church leaders know, Easter is as early as possible this year. This afternoon I got the following in my e-mail around when it has been and will be this early again:
> As we know, Easter this year is March 23rd, Easter always landing on the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (March 20). And we know too that this dating of Easter is based on the same lunar calendar that Jews use to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. (Altho this year is a catch-up year in the Jewish calendar which is why Passover isn't until next month.)
>This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives, and only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). While it is possible for Easter to be one day earlier (March 22), none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here are the facts:
>> The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).
>> The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!
>> And let the pastors say "AMEN!!"