I always thought it fit in neatly...
Wasn't Christ's body removed from the Cross because the Sabbath was the next day? That being Saturday?
...and wasn't Christ crucified, and Barabas freed because they free a prisoner on Passover?
I thought that we followed the timeline of Johns gospel which puts the death AFTER the Passover. Hence my confusion
Time to read patsavos
I have an old post on this topic: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,9247.msg123877.html#msg123877
In addition to the scriptural issues, there are two further points: (1) Over the centuries, various Jewish sects have calculated Passover in a variety of conflicting ways; and (2) for this and other reasons, the Orthodox Paschalion
is NOT tied to the modern-day Jewish celebration of Passover. In fact, recent Paschas have taken place BEFORE the end of modern-day Jewish Passover.
There's a lot of confusion on this point, but some common sense is needed: In general, the Orthodox Church does not take its cue from post-Temple Judaism: we don't use their Scriptures (we use the Septuagint) and we don't follow their calendar. Should be obvious, really. And the text of Nicaea is very clear on the question.
Another good article on the matter: http://almoutran.com/2011/03/346