Eastern and Western Churches Seek to Set Common Date for Easter Celebrations

April 14, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On April 14, 2001, The Washington Post reported that this year "for the first time in more than a decade, Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on the same day as Protestants and Roman Catholics. "In Orthodox eyes...celebrating [Jesus's] resurrection before Passover is historically incorrect and theologically questionable." Protestants and Roman Catholics follow a Gregorian calendar and therefore sometimes celebrate Easter before Passover. Rev. Victor Potapov, rector of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, says "the date of Easter is something the Orthodox are going to carefully guard and keep."