Our Lord's death and resurrection coincided with Passover, thereby assuring a secure point of reference in time.
This assurance lasted, however, only for a short time.
It was, in fact, this anomaly which led to the condemnation reflected in Canon 1 of Antioch (ca.
It was in 1990 when this coincidence last occurred and will be in 2004 when it occurs again.This would place the death of our Lord on the day after Passover.On the other hand, the tradition of the gospel of St.In anticipation of this common observance by all Christians, much was said and written.What was stressed was the need to keep alive the momentum of the occasion.Unless we all understand the significance of this event, it will remain nothing more than a peculiarity of the calculations related to the date of Pascha. But in another sense, it is the convergence of all that we as Christians in the East and West profess regarding the centrality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the cornerstone of our faith.Nothing challenges the credibility of this fact to non-believers more than the scandal of our division on this point of celebration.Christians, therefore, celebrated Pascha according to the same calculation-that is, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox.The correlation between the date of Pascha and the date of Passover is clear.Thus, the Council of Nicaea sought to link the principles for determining the date of Pascha to the norms for calculating Passover during our Lord's lifetime.Despite the intervention of Nicaea, certain differences in the technicalities of regulating the date of Pascha remained even thereafter.