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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Wester!

(Note: 'Wester' is pronounced wē'stər)

I've been really busy lately, between work and buying a house, so I've not posted any updates. Sorry. I did want to make a quick post, though, and wish all my Western Christian brethren a Happy Wester (Western Easter).

Wester (pronounced wē'stər; like "Easter" with a "W" in front of it) is a term someone at church came up with today during choir practice. I actually kind of like it, since many—if not most—of us at my parish are converts and have Catholic/Protestant families (or just non-Christian families who still celebrate Easter in a more secular way). Since, in many families, Easter is both a time for religious observance and a time for familial get-togethers, I heard the question more than once today, "So, are you doing anything for Western Easter?" along with discussions about finding a balance between taking the Lenten fast seriously and not putting out your family when they pass you the ham.

And so, again, I wish you a Happy Wester! Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is risen!


bootgun said...

I love it, what is the history behind Western Easter and why is it celebrated on a different date than orthodox easter.

CoderForChrist said...

Ya know, I honestly don't really know. I've come across some various things, but I don't really have a definite answer. The best I can do is that, in the West, as a Catholic friend has told me, Good Friday is the first Friday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox or something like that. In the East, if I recall correctly, there's a rule that Easter must always fall after Passover (this year, Passover is April 20-26, and Eastern Easter is April 27).

Again, that's the best I know so far. I've been curious about this, as well, so I'll try to do some research and see what I can dig up.