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« on: November 15, 2006, 11:23:26 PM »

I asked a couple of people who are Coptic Orthodox and they didn't have an answer for me on the date of Pascha. 

I was hoping someone would be able to help me with this.  Thanks a lot! 

Any information would be helpful.

 (Just in case there is any misunderstanding...i'm looking for how the Oriental churches calculate Pascha)
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2006, 12:28:25 AM »

How does the Coptic calendar work with Christian one too?


My dad is in communion with the Malankara Diocese and during Eastern Holy Week I had to keep reminding him that their are others churches that are still yet to celebrate Pascha. He didn't understand the concept of Resurrection after Passover. As Easter in South India is celebrated within the Western Calender with the far-less fanfare that most jurisdictions would find as important. It is unlikely that they will ever change the calendar as it is more complicated to reorganize the work days after Easter or other Feast Days that other non-Christians in Kerala, India tolerate.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2006, 11:30:07 AM »

So the Indian (Oriental Orthodox) churches celebrate Pascha with the same system as the Roman Catholics? 

So without calculating Passover?  I wasn't sure if that was what you were saying...

If you could clarify that would be great! 
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2006, 12:34:34 PM »

Because the Franciscans came in the late 14 and early 15th century the Indians at that time in the Malabar church did not celebrate Easter on the Western Calendar (I am unaware of their calculation of Pascha which is your question to the Coptic Pascha). Franciscans forced the Gregorian Calendar and that had been the calendar for systematic trading with British East India Company in states outside Kerala specifically Goa. So they were aware of calculating the dates but more importantly the Syriac Bishop who was to reform back the Indian Church into communion with Oriental Churches. He was  to assist the Indians to celebrate Pascha and Feast days outside Gregorian Calendar. Not until the early to mid 20th century of the independence of India that businesses became more exclusive in the Kerala state. Essentially the Bishops in this century found it completely fine to celebrate Western Easter (not identified as Pascha but because of Syriac it is occassionally called Pesho like in the Hebrew) which they believe works fine for the business days for non-Christians of the government who have tolerated the Christian days over the past century.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2006, 03:23:39 PM »

+ Irini nem ehmot,

I think this article here may be of help to you.  Page 9 in particular talks about how Easter is calculated in the Coptic Church.

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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2006, 05:25:19 PM »

Cephas,

Thank you for the article!! 

I wish you had told me that it was .pdf  because i've been having some problems with Acrobat recently...but oh well. 

I will read through it and see if its helpful.  Thanks a bunch!! 
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2006, 12:52:07 PM »

Maybe this will help:

http://www.copticchurch.net/easter.html
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2006, 10:02:48 AM »

Thanks a lot!  The link was very helpful! 

Now I just gota figure out how the heck to calculate all this stuf... Wink Grin
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