Synod hears repeated calls for common Christian Easter date
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a synod concerned primarily about peace and the continued presence of Christians in the Holy Land, one of the suggestions made repeatedly was that Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans and Orthodox finally celebrate Easter together each year.
“We truly hope for the unification of the Easter holiday with the Orthodox churches,” Latin-rite Auxiliary Bishop William H. Shomali of Jerusalem told the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East Oct. 14.
Celebrating Easter on the same day also implies observing Lent together, he said, which would give Catholics of the East and West an opportunity to witness together to their disciplines of Lenten fasting and abstinence.
This story give me some hope that we may be living in a historic time for the world and the Church. The possible unification of the Easter celebrations, the most important liturgical season of the year, of both the Roman and Orthodox Churches could lead to an eventual reunification of the two lungs.
Using the unifying power of the Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection is obviously something that is long overdue.