7308Re: [orthodox-synod] the antique calendar
- Jan 2, 2003In a message dated 1/2/2003 6:10:44 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> But simply to assert the superiority of the Julian calendar withoutSeveral years ago there was a much involved discussion on the calendar issue
> offering any explanation won't do. For one thing, asserting without
> explaining is extremely and extraordinarily arrogant and thus hardly
> a Christian way of behaving.
on this list; perhaps somebody can repost some of the explanatory letters
that were written then. Here on this his list are also people who have
extensively researched and studied this question, such as, for example,
Father Alexander Lebedeff.
As I understand it, the calender issue is not a sentimental one, rather it
deals with spiritual and even practical thinking. Nobody will begin to argue
the correct method for calculating Easter, which was established by the
Ecumenical Councils. For if anyone celebrates Easter at another date, the
Canons say he is to be excommunicated.
When Orthodox Easter is supplemented with the Gregorian calendar, however,
problems arise. Not only is the Apostles Fast at times completely lost, but
so are the weekly Gospel readings, and eventually, Easter will begin to shift
through the Gregorian Calendar, in many years even coinciding with Ascension,
Pentecost, and Christmas! This obviously, was not intended by the Holy
Fathers of our Church. As one priest put it, "the calendar/Easter system
originally used and developed by the Holy Fathers is like a seamless, smooth
running and oiled machine. Introducing the Gregorian calendar with Orthodox
Easter is like throwing a wrench into the machine; it creates many unforeseen
Perhaps an expert can provide more examples and thoroughly explain this
issue, but I hope this helps.
PS-There are many visible signs of nature's submission and concordance with
the Church's authority (in the use of the calendar). The Holy Fire at the
Holy Sepulchre only comes down at Orthodox Easter. As I have heard, the holy
dew which falls on Mount Tabor only does so on the "old style" day of the
Tansfiguration. I'm sure others can think of some more examples.
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