Today's Fact Finding Question

When is the next year when Easter is as early as it is this year? No peaking or researching, think and take a guess.


Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Liturgy, Music, Worship

7 comments on “Today's Fact Finding Question

  1. William P. Sulik says:

    I’m guessing the next century.

    Okay, now that I guessed I did a quick check and see the last year it was this early was 1913 and don’t see the next time it will be this early (through 2124) — so when is it?

  2. William P. Sulik says:

    Wikipedia indicates:
    [blockquote] The calculations for the date of Easter are somewhat complicated. In the Western Church, Easter has not fallen on the earliest of the 35 possible dates, March 22, since 1818, and will not do so again until 2285. It will, however, fall on March 23 in 2008, but will not do so again until 2160. Easter last fell on the latest possible date, April 25, in 1943 and will next fall on that date in 2038. However, it will fall on April 24, just one day before this latest possible date, in 2011. [/blockquote]
    is this correct?

  3. Kendall Harmon says:

    The year is 2160, very good William.

  4. Larry Morse says:

    I peaked long ago Kendall, so you don’t have to worry about my peaking now. Over the Hill in Maine

  5. Liturgy says:


    People interested in exploring the dating of Easter further may like to read
    Maths people may like to read

    Bosco Peters

  6. libraryjim says:

    St. Patrick’s feast moved due to clashes with Church calendar.

    The Catholic Church will move St Patrick’s Day 2008 after discovering it clashes with a key day in the Church’s calendar.

    Bishops discovered the Irish patron saint’s feast on March 17 clashes with the second day of Holy Week next year.

    Church rules decree the saint’s feast day does not rank as highly as the Monday before Easter and therefore has to be moved.

    Fr Peter Jones, of the Liturgy Commission, insisted the move was necessary. He said: “It’s about the religious aspect of the feast and mass on the day.

    “It’s about the Holy Day which can’t be observed on the Monday of Holy Week and therefore has to be transferred in accordance with the usual rules.”

    Rome approved the shift of the official religious celebration two days back to March 15, which falls on a Saturday.

    The celebration should have been moved to the next available day in the Church’s calendar, April 1, but senior Irish clerics wanted to keep the date as close to international civic celebrations as possible, as they are planned years in advance.

    The last time St Patrick’s Day had to be moved was in 1940 when it coincided with Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. The next date it will have to be moved again is 2160.

    Sinead Grace, of Tourism Ireland, said the traditional St Patrick’s Day parade through Dublin has now become a week-long festival.

    “I wouldn’t imagine too many people are aware of the religious aspect. I can’t see that it will make any difference to the bookings of hotels and B&Bs;,” she said.

    [i]Most of the ‘secular’ celebrations here in town will still be held ‘on the day’, though, since most of the pubs and bars pay little if any attention to the Church calendar![/i]