As the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America explained in a 1994 article entitled "The Date of Pascha," the modern date of Passover has nothing to do with the Orthodox date of Easter.

(See Reader Question: Why Does Easter Come Before Passover This Year? In fact, the reason the Council of Nicaea set up a formula for calculating the date of Easter was to separate the Christian celebration of Christ's Resurrection from the Jewish celebration of Passover.

)But look closely once again at the formula for calculating Easter, established at the Council of Nicaea: Easter is celebrated on the Sunday following the paschal full moon. Some Christians in the early fourth century were calculating the date of Easter according to the Jewish calendar, while others believed it needed to be calculated separately.

)You can find the date of Easter in this and future years, in both the Western (Gregorian) and Eastern (Julian) calculations, in When Is Easter?

I don’t know about you, but after December 25th comes and goes, the remaining time between then and Orthodox Christmas January 7th doesn’t feel as much like the Christmas season, because most of the world has stopped celebrating it as such.

The lights begin to come down, the movies and the songs revert back to normal, and everything else just reminds us Orthodox that we celebrate Christmas on a different day.

And so, it is natural that around this time of year many of us begin to think about the Christmas date and whether we should be celebrating it all together at the same time.

That symbol found its completion in the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.

Thus, the continued celebration of the Jewish Passover has no theological significance for Christians, because Christ is our Passover Lamb.

This idea particularly made waves when Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Church discussed it with a congregation in Canada when he visited back in September, 2014.

And the reaction to this was very heated, with many alarmed and even angered by such a suggestion, while others absolutely loving it.

Therefore, for the Orthodox, the Sunday following the paschal full moon has to fall after April 3 on the Gregorian calendar.