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Malankara and Jacobite Calendars
« on: April 03, 2015, 10:27:09 AM »
Hi all,

So I've heard that the Malankara Orthodox and Jacobite Syriac Orthodox churches calculate Pascha/Qyomto Phorooqoyto (pardon my terrible transliteration) according to the Gregorian calendar. Is this true, and if so, is there a particular reason?

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Re: Malankara and Jacobite Calendars
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2015, 12:24:10 AM »
Hi all,

So I've heard that the Malankara Orthodox and Jacobite Syriac Orthodox churches calculate Pascha/Qyomto Phorooqoyto (pardon my terrible transliteration) according to the Gregorian calendar. Is this true, and if so, is there a particular reason?

Yes it is true. The Malankara Syriac Church (autocephalous, autonomous as well as the RC-rite) uses the Gregorian calendar for all feasts including Qyomto (Feast of the Resurrection).  This switch happened in the 1950s. In India, "Good Friday" is a public holiday as per the Gregorian calendar. This is a legacy of the British Raj who followed the Gregorian calendar. In the 50s when a big demographic /generational switch happened and lot more Malankara Christians were professionals rather than farmers; having Good Friday fall on a public holiday helped a lot more people to attend church services. Prior to the 50s when the majority were farmers; the public holiday really didn't matter.
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Re: Malankara and Jacobite Calendars
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2015, 10:09:54 AM »
Is the Syriac Orthodox Church also on the Gregorian calendar?

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Re: Malankara and Jacobite Calendars
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2015, 11:36:49 AM »
Is the Syriac Orthodox Church also on the Gregorian calendar?

Revised Julian, except in the Holy Land, where they follow the Julian calendar. 
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Re: Malankara and Jacobite Calendars
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2015, 12:07:11 PM »
Thanks for the information!

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Re: Malankara and Jacobite Calendars
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2015, 01:22:39 PM »
Is the Syriac Orthodox Church also on the Gregorian calendar?

Revised Julian Gregorian, except in the Holy Land, where they follow the Julian calendar.

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Re: Malankara and Jacobite Calendars
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2015, 02:16:16 PM »
Is the Syriac Orthodox Church also on the Gregorian calendar?

Revised Julian Gregorian, except in the Holy Land, where they follow the Julian calendar.

ftfy

Today is Pascha, I don't care.  :P
Mor Ephrem is a nice guy.  Just say sorry and it will all be ok. Say I had things that were inside troubling me but I didn't know how to express appropriately. I will not behave that way again but I am seeking help.