BY: RACHEL WUMKES
Easter is typically a joyous time of the year. The hope of the Spring season falls upon us as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This year, however, we’ll after to alter those celebrations.
Normal family traditions of enjoying a giant meal together after church are not able to occur. In fact, church itself has taken on a whole new outlook, and Easter Sunday will be no different. The Grandmas and Grandpas of the World will have no family to cook for, while the Millennials and Gen Xers will likely have grilled cheese and tomato soup instead of ham and mashed potatoes.
There is some hope, however. Chamber Member Hy-Vee West has fully prepared Easter meals for those who are cooking challenged! Just give them a shout in advance and you can enjoy all the spoils of Easter Dinner just like mom (or grandma) used to make!
Eggs can still by dyed in extravagant colors, but there will be no gigantic hunt in City Park. Hopefully the Easter Bunny was able to safely secure some sort of treat or surprise for the little ones in your house to enjoy. If you haven’t, I do know that Larson’s Mercantile has a plethora of goodies to fill an Easter basket!
My 5th grade son asked me the other night at supper, “So, how come Christmas is always on the same day, but Easter is just whenever?”
Being that I am now his mom and teacher, I felt the need to research my answer. Because I, in fact, had no idea. Here are my findings:
The date is decided by a complex set of calculations based on observations of the moon. In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always follow the first full moon after the spring equinox.
Seems simple enough. But then it gets really tricky:
Because the precise timing of observing the full moon can vary in each time zone, the Church instead calculates the date from the ecclesiastical calendar. This divides 19 normal calendar years into 235 months of 30 and 29 days each, with the ecclesiastical full moon on the 14th day of each lunar month.
The "paschal full moon" - from the Aramaic for Passover - is the one that falls on or after the spring equinox on March 21.
Easter Day is the first Sunday after the paschal full moon - so if the full moon is on a Sunday, Easter will be a week later.
Therefore the earliest Easter can be is March 22, and the latest is April 25.
Clear as mud, right? It’s all very confusing to me. I think I’ll just stick to my monthly planner and call it good!
If you do not have a church home to celebrate on Sunday, please check out the listing below of our Chamber Member churches. Many offer virtual services, and I have linked the ones with FaceBook pages so you can simply click on which one you’d like!
So put on your Sunday best, dress your children in their fancy Easter outfits, and settle in the living room for a morning of worship and praise!
Clear Lake Church of Christ