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When is Easter?

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox.
We know that Easter must always occur on a Sunday, because Sunday was the day of Christ's Resurrection. But why the paschal full moon? Because that was the date of Passover in the Jewish calendar, and the Last Supper (Holy Thursday) occurred on the Passover. Therefore, Easter was the Sunday after Passover.

The Church does not use the exact date of the paschal full moon but an approximation, because the paschal full moon can fall on different days in different time zones, which would mean that the date of Easter would be different depending on which time zone you live in. For calculation purposes, the full moon is always set at the 14th day of the lunar month (the lunar month begins with the new moon). Likewise, the Church sets the date of the vernal equinox at March 21, even though it can occur on March 20. Both approximations allow the Church to set a universal date for Easter.

Still, Easter isn't celebrated universally on that date. While Western Christians use the Gregorian calendar (the calendar that's used throughout the West today, in both the secular and religious worlds) to calculate the date of Easter, the Eastern Orthodox continue to use the older, astronomically inaccurate Julian calendar. Currently, March 21 on the Julian calendar falls on April 3 in the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, for the Orthodox, the Sunday following the 14th day of the paschal full moon has to fall after April 3, hence the discrepancy in the date of Easter.

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JJ4493 3/30/2013 12:16AM

    What an informative blog! I always wondered about this but had never taken the time to find the answer. Thanks Courti!

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GODZDESIGN95 3/29/2013 6:51PM

    The date isn't too important but the the results of enternal life. emoticonare.

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NBARNES 3/26/2013 2:50PM

    Hey...all I care about is when they break out the chocolate emoticon

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SHIITAKE 3/26/2013 5:03AM

Very interesting! Thank you, Courti. !

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/25/2013 11:57PM

    Very intriguing! Thank you!

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IRISHMUM3 3/25/2013 11:51PM

    My sons just asked me about this last week!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I have been working on my family tree off and on for about 3 years. The big obsession was to find my Irish, which I never did. I just want to try to further what I have on my tree and find some possible new relatives.

I found a cousin through a friend of mine, but the info she gave me, I had and I was able to give her some that she didnít have.

My tree goes back quit a few generations so I have a lot of different surnames what with all the grandmotherís maiden names.

I put a post on FB, but don't know how far out that will go.

To get the names Iím looking for I decided to do a blog and hopefully someone might know a name or two.


These are all surnames.

Any name sound familiar?? I can give more indepth info if anyone has any connection to these names. Thanks

Don't know why the type isn't coming out the way I'm typing. I have 3 lines of names, but when I post it comes out different.

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ANYA_ONION 3/29/2013 8:54AM

    The hunt for ancestors is both fun and frustrating! Do you have any more relatives that might know something? More and more records are coming online. My sister has a subscription to Ancestry.com. Perhaps I could look up a name or two for you. Just shoot me the info via sparkmail.

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-THINQ- 3/25/2013 11:37PM

    i'm just Starting!! to learn geneaology; it's a great hunt! i hope you find what you're hoping to! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/25/2013 1:51PM

    OK, I can't help with any of those names (not on my German tree). However, I do have a suggestion. Have you tried contacting the Latter Day Saints. They have huge archives you can search. There are also some local sites to help with ancestry (as 2 of my friends used to volunteer at one that was local). It is open to all who would like to find more of their ancestors.

Hope that helps a bit.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/25/2013 1:07PM

    Courti, you might try to focus on the 3 names you've got on your list that each have a 'middle' name, which looks like they are all surname 'middle' names, meaning... it's possible that TenEyck, Knowles, and Whitaker were the surnames of the family the wives came from. For example, Ferguson Knowles could have been named after the wife's father, with Jones for the surname. There is a Dutch 'Teneyck' family crest, so perhaps Leigh's mother came from there. Demarest is a surname too, so perhaps Demarest was named after a grandmother's maiden name, with Whitaker being the wife's maiden name. Just some suggestions to look into. Also, might want to try taking just the 1st two names of the 3 named ancestors for a 'root' of who those were, which could lead to a marriage of the last name.

Galloway is being used as a 1st name and is also a surname sooo... chances are, the wife's family is Galloway. Also... Galloway is a place in Scotland and when many came to this country, they'd be given a name that generally reflected the place they came from, sooo... chances are... your ancestor could of be _____ of Galloway, and was given the name Galloway, or the wife of Culp, named her child after her homeland.

Arthur Warrick (1699 - 1743) is found on ancestry.com. He was born in Somerset, Maryland, USA, and married Sarah Townsend. They had 9 children!! Anyway, one of his children (after a daughter, Anne) was also named Arthur, so it could lead to your Arthur, but I don't know what your time frame is on that. Anyway... I am going to email you some *stuff* that may or may not pan out!! ::hugs::

P.S. I am still *sick* emoticon but I'm getting better.

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DAP1313 3/25/2013 9:17AM

    I've been doing a family tree also. One thing you might check are different spellings. I've found the surname of my maternal grandmother to be spell a couple of different ways. It's both excelarating and exasperating. LOL

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-COURT- 3/24/2013 8:15PM

    No leads yet, just good wishes. Thanks.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/24/2013 5:22PM

    Good luck! I hope that you get a great lead and lots of information comes out.

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IRISHMUM3 3/24/2013 5:14PM

    Wishing you lots of luck! emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 3/24/2013 1:40PM

    good luck.

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THEEXERCISER 3/24/2013 1:32PM

    good luck

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Janet Evanovich team

Monday, March 18, 2013

Love Stephanie Plum. Now my Janet Evanovich team will be starting a new challenge. If you are a fan of Stephanie, come check out the team and join in on our travel challenge. Enough people and we can be on Team Ranger or Team Morelli. I'm a Joe Morelli fan myself.

I'm a bit behind in my reading, I think the next book for me will be #16 and think she is on #18 or #19. I read all kinds of books, but eventually always come back to Stephanie. I do love Janet Evanovich's Desiel series though. Wish she would write more of him.

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GIELLIOT 3/25/2013 11:21PM

    What a fun team idea! Maybe once BLC I'll look into it--too much on my plate at this time.

Happy Easter!

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NNZOOM 3/25/2013 7:10AM

    I love Evanovitch! I, too, read all sorts of books, but I like reading her when my brain needs a break! LOL
I'll look for your team.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/22/2013 7:52PM

    Hmm... haven't read this series yet. I'll bet my husband wouldn't like it as it's yet (another series I'll be addicted to).

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JBELICIOUS5 3/19/2013 7:24PM

    I started the series, but got busy with school! Now that I'm done I should get back into them!!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/18/2013 10:48PM

    Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanieís opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. emoticon Sounds *fun* Courti. I've never read any Janet Evanovich, but the Stephanie Plum novels sound like they could be pretty good. Thanks for sharing, Courti, but I'd HAVE to 'do' some major reading to know if I wanted Joseph Morelli or Ricardo Carlos Manoso, AKA Ranger. LOL!! I see there's 4 novellas with Diesel...

Now, I'm interested. emoticon

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FRAN0426 3/18/2013 7:52PM

    Hi I have read all , all except for her newest one out. Love here books, but the last two for me weren't as interesting as all the others. Also enjoy other books Janet has written either alonr or with another author. I am thinking about the April challenge, just not someone who walks a lot every day, wouldn't want to hold a team back. Will do some more thinking.

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IRISHMUM3 3/18/2013 1:29PM

    My sister is a huge fan!

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Wildlife Webcam

Friday, March 15, 2013


When you click there may not be anyting at that time, but look at other live cams on the list.

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GCHUNG 3/16/2013 7:40AM

    How cool !!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/15/2013 9:35PM

    emoticon Oh, I ***L*O*V*E*** these, Courti!! Thank you sooo MUCH!! emoticon

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St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Many folk ask the question 'Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?' The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

Had it not been for a band of Irish marauders in the fifth century, March 17 might've been plain old Maewyn's Day ó because Maewyn wouldn't have changed his name to Patrick, and he likely wouldn't have become a saint. In fact, it wouldn't have been a Day at all.
But as it happened, a certain 16-year-old Welsh lad was kidnapped by those Irish marauders, and during the six years young Maewyn spent in servitude as a shepherd in Ireland he experienced a religious awakening, then spent years studying in a monastery. He took on a new name, Patrick, and a new calling ó converting his countrymen to Christianity.

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-COURT- 3/12/2013 10:31PM

    I read somewhere that said he was boen in Roman Britian...never heard of that so I could be wrong.

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FRAN0426 3/12/2013 8:54PM

    Thanks for sharing the info, I learned something I didn' know today

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/12/2013 7:50PM

    Courti, I may be wrong but I heard he was a Scot. Anyway... it's a beautiful story. I read this the other day and thought to share it on St. Patrick's Day, but now's as good a time as any:

One leaf for fame,
One leaf for wealth,
One for a faithful lover,
One for glorious health;
All in this four-leafed clover.

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