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Easter Sunday Can Never Fall On A Full Moon.

by Anura Guruge


In case you, like I, have ever wondered if this was possible.

Yes, the rule-of-thumb as to when Easter falls is:¬†first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the Spring (i.e. vernal) equinox. But the Church being what it is it does NOT use the astronomical Full Moon of March or April or for that matter the astronomical equinox. Instead the Church uses the ‘ecclesiastical full moon’ and March 21, every year, as the date of the Spring Equinox. So one could argue that there MIGHT be a very slim chance that the actual Full Moon could fall on Easter Sunday.

Irrespective of probabilities and odds the Church has made sure, centuries ago, that this can never happen. IF by some miracle Easter Sunday falls on a Full Moon Easter is pushed back a week!

Amazing … right?

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by Anura Guruge