­
St Thomas Burwood Anglican Church

Many people wonder why we often have different dates for Easter depending on which part of the Church we belong to. The answer comes from the way Easter is calculated. You may know that Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the Full Moon on, or after, the March Equinox. The difficulty arises, however, because the date of the equinox actually varies from year to and from place to place.

So Western Christians in the fourth Century, at the Council of Nicaea agreed to define Easter with respect to a fixed equinox date of March 21. Thus Easter can easily be determined without worrying about fluctuations in the sun and moon from year to year. 

However the Eastern Orthodox churches decided not to follow that definition, preferring to determine Easter from the real equinox and full moon at the longitude of Jerusalem. Hence, the occasional difference in the date of Easter between churches. 

This is complicated further by the fact that the Eastern Churches still use the Julian calendar to calculate ecclesiastical dates. The Julian calendar is currently 13 days later than the Gregorian calendar. Since 1923, the Romanian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox churches have adopted the Gregorian calendar. However, they continue to use the Julian calendar for Easter calculations. 

If you're interested, here are the dates of Easter Sunday according to the Western calendar up to the year 2030

Year Ash Wednesday Easter Day   Year Ash Wednesday Easter Day

2011

March 9

April 24

 

2021

Feb 17

April 4

2012

Feb 22

April 8

 

2022

Mar 2

April 17

2013

Feb 13

March 31

 

2023

Feb 22

April 9

2014

March 5

April 20

 

2024

Feb 14

March 31

2015

F eb 18

April 5

 

2025

Mar 5

April 20

2016

Feb 10

March 27

 

2026

Feb 18

April 5

2017

March 1

April 16

 

2027

Feb 10

March 28

2018

Feb 14

April 1

 

2028

Mar 1

April 16

2019

March 6

April 21

 

2029

Feb 14

April 1

2020

Feb 26

April 12

 

2030

Mar 6

April 21

 

          

Contact Details

44 Station St, Burwood, 3125 (map)

Lead Minister: Rev. John Carrick

Phone: 03 9808 3250

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

­