Saturday, January 28, 2012

Who says 13 is an unlucky number? 2013 is looking good

I just glanced at the long term calendar and realized that next year Easter/Pascha falls on the 5th of May which is the latest date I am familiar with.  What does this mean?  It means that 2013 will also be a record year for the number, or more accurately lack thereof, of fasting days.  There will be an enormous gap between Theophany and the Triodion (Feb 24th).  Meatfare Sunday doesn't arrive until March 10th with the Great Fast only beginning on March 18th.  So when does the Apostle's Fast begin?  Three days AFTER the Feast for those on the New Calendar and July 1st (NS) for those on the Old Calendar.  That means that there is NO Apostle's Fast for those on the New Calendar (except presumably the eve of).  Even those on the Old Calendar will only have an eleven day fast, which for Old Calendar types is a walk in the park.

On a side note Roman Catholic Easter in 2013 is on March 31, five weeks earlier than ours.

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