The ashes are usually derived from the burned palms from the previous Palm Sunday.Experience will show, however, that in obtaining ashes this way, it doesn't take many ashes to "ash" a whole congregation. One palm leaf will produce enough ashes for several years.The rest of the church, however, celebrated the passion and resurrection of our Lord according to a different formula which always placed Easter on a Sunday. You see, there was the little problem of determining when exactly the spring equinox would fall.Needless to say, there was no little controversy over this discrepancy, and it wasn't until the Ecumenical Council of Nicea in A. 325 that the churches of the world finally got together and agreed on this rule: Easter Day shall always fall on the Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox. Various astronomical and calendrical solutions have been used at different times down through the centuries, but even today there is still no unanimity among churches concerning the celebration of Easter.
And the readings that highlight Christ's coming in the present focus on his ministry among us through Word and Sacrament today. These matters would be better found in books than here.But how do the calendar makers know when Easter will be? How They Used to Do It By the middle of the second century, there were basically two ways Christians dated their celebrations of Easter.Some, the Quartodecimans (or “fourteenthers”), celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord according to the “14th day of Nisan” — the day of the Jewish Passover (Lev. Since this date was not always on the same day of the week, the Quartodeciman celebration did not always fall on a Sunday.What all of this means is that the eastern celebration of Easter usually follows anywhere from a week to several weeks after the western celebration. One possibility would be to go on celebrating our respective Easters and just not worry about it.A proposal as recent as 1997, however, has suggested that both east and west use a modern, scientific astronomical calculation for the spring equinox.
This system was taken over by the other reformed churches. Russian American Company Chief Manager Alexander Baranof seizes from Tlingit.