There is a thirteen-day difference between the two calendars, the Julian calendar being thirteen (13) days behind the Gregorian.The other factor at work is that the Orthodox Church continues to adhere to the rule set forth by the First Ecumenical Council, held in Nicea in 325 AD, that requires that Pascha must take place after the Jewish Passover in order to maintain the Biblical sequence of Christ’s Passion.In this article I will share some suggestions for ways that we as Orthodox Christians can raise children who will be able to withstand the anti-Christian forces at work in our culture.If some of these suggestions hit too close to home, please forgive me.It is not my intention to condemn anyone or make anyone feel guilty if they have failures in the area of parenting and family relations.My hope is to give guidance to those who are in the midst of the challenge of raising and preserving Christian families in an antagonistic culture.[Huff Po] Manhattan saw many couples married that day, but one wedding was different, not only because it was two men being married in a Christian church, nor because they were joined by 80 supportive family members, nor even because it was a fully legal marriage of a same-sex couple, but also because two thinly handcrafted silver metal hoops, seven inches in diameter, with decorative scrollwork on the side and a long ribbon tying them together, made an appearance during the ceremony.
Occasionally we do celebrate Pascha on the same day. The two dates coincide when the full moon following the equinox comes so late that it counts as the first full moon after 21 March in the Julian calendar as well as the Gregorian.
Lastly, the crowns symbolize unity with their unending circular design and the ribbon tying them together.
[…] Perhaps this same event has happened elsewhere in recent years (I hope it has), but I have been unable to locate any documented instances.
In the Orthodox Church we often use the expression that the home should be like "a little church." In Romania, a country the size of the state of Pennsylvania with over 500 monasteries, they take this saying a step further and say that the home should be like "a little monastery." It is my firm belief that in our increasingly secular and hedonistic culture, these sayings are true more now than ever.
To raise Christian children in 21 century America, parents need all the help they can get from the church and, yes, even the monasteries.