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Re: Which Easter?
On Sat, 11 Apr 1998, Padraic Brown wrote:
> Here's a pertinent and timely question considering the season.
> Having just gotten home from the Easter Vigil, It makes me wonder which
> Easter the Kemrese have: the Western (today) or the Eastern (next week I
> think)? If the Cambrian Rite is supposed to be somewhat oriented towards
> Constantinople, then the later date could be argued; but the fact that the
> Roman church is rather more at hand, the Cambrian could have changed the
> date along with Rome or at some later time. Any comments?
Yes, from probably the only Orthodox in our group. First, let me wish
all of you a blessed and happy Easter.
And yes, our date is next week, the 19th.
I should think that the Cambrian Rite would have retained the original
formula and date, and I mean not to be chauvinistic at all. The problem
in the British [forgive the term!] Isles was that there was no commonly
accepted date (through all of Christendom) and the impact of Rome was to
settle things in its favor. There is abundant evidence of connection
between [at least] North Africa and the Celtic churches, and the method
of dating would have been either entirely local or Byzantine by the time
of the Schism.
The exact history is somewhat involved, but it seems to me that a better
argument exists for the Eastern date, given the [?-]historical foundation
of the Kemrese.
Again, the best of wishes.