Wednesday, January 16, 2008

You won't experience Easter this early until 2160...

Feel like Christmas has just finished? That's because it did just finish.

But Easter falls earlier than normal this year: Easter Sunday is March 23. That means that Ash Wednesday begins the Season of Lent in a mere three weeks: February 6.

I'm told by WIKI that the earliest date that Easter can fall on is March 22nd (March 22 was last Easter Day in 1818, and it will next fall on that day again 2285.) March 23 will be the earliest you will ever experience Easter. Actually, it will be the earliest for you, and your children, and your grandchildren, and your great-grandkids and your great-great-great-grandkids. It will not be Easter Sunday this early until 2160.

Wiki says that "the cycle of Easter dates repeats after exactly 5,700,000 years, with April 19 being the most common date, happening 220,400 times, or 3.9% compared to a mean for all dates of 162,857 times, or 2.9%."


Of course, you could ditch all this, and follow the Apostle's advice to Timothy:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my Gospel.
Or you can read and study Mark 11-16 for the Season of Lent. That would be worthwhile, right? You could do this as a Bible Study or a Home Group. I wrote these Bible Studies 2 years ago, but have updated the dates for the daily readings through Lent leading up to Easter.

CLICK above and Download them at your leisure.

The only cost to you is that you simply let me know that you have downloaded them (so I can keep a track of who is using it.) Either post a comment, or send me an email (on my Profile page)

Pic on Flickr by Stringendo.


jodi said...

I'm so glad to know that it wont be coming round this early again - within the first four weeks of term starting we have contacts, start-ups (everything!), mission and our big conf of the year....why can't we just have the one date!!!

you still doing some campus stuff? how's the apprentice going who was starting last year (you did a little plug for funds???)

Melissa said...

Justin, Thanks for the Lent study! Being raised Southern Baptist, I have never really done anything for Lent, but have decided this year to do this study. Thanks, and hey to Laurel!

Finite Rex said...


Thanks for the download. Look forward to reading.


Justin said...

Thanks for downloading...

Anonymous said...

Hi Justin,

They look great. Have downloaded them and intend to show them to a few others here if that's OK.


Anonymous said...

hi justin,

same as reesy,

i've downloaded as well.. look good.. Have downloaded them and intend to show them to a few friends.

is that OK?


Justin said...

No problems. Cindy, have we met?

Matthew Moffitt said...

We've shared a link to this page here:

Anonymous said...

I've downloaded this. Thanks!. Looks good.
(Perhaps the font could be a little bigger.)