“After Easter, I will initiate an extensive national effort, requesting the National Church Assembly and the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church to calculate the date of Easter on the Gregorian calendar (which takes into account Christmas anyway) so that we celebrate the Resurrection together with all Western Christianity (including and here, for example, the Finnish Orthodox), and alongside our Catholic or Protestant fellow citizens, be they Hungarians, Saxons, Romanians or whatever”, Adrian Papahagi wrote on Facebook.
The university student added that this calendar gap is also very troublesome for the millions of Romanians who live in the West, but cannot benefit from the days off granted by the states of residence, to celebrate Easter with their relatives in the country, and they have to take additional days off.
The former Foreign Minister of Romania, Teodor Baconschi, requested the same thing on Facebook on Sunday.
“The Easter gap between the Orthodox and the rest of the Christian world seems to be a relic of the Cold War. The Orthodox peoples, freed from communism, kept asking the hierarchies to synchronize the calendar, to no avail. The highlight is that the BOR is not old-style, so they could celebrate Easter together with Catholics and Protestants (as do the Orthodox in Finland and Estonia). However, we go with the Russians – and their uncorrected Julian calendar,” Teodor Baconschi wrote.
“Yes, the Sunday on which we celebrate Easter should be calculated according to the Gregorian calendar, as is done in the case of Christmas. I therefore join the proposal made to the National Church Assembly and the Holy Synod of the BOR by Adrian Papahagi and Teodor Baconschi”, wrote Cristian Preda, dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bucharest.
The initiative is supported by the Metropolitan of Cluj
The Metropolitan of Cluj, IPS Andrei Andreicut, claims that it would be wonderful if the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) switched to a new style with the Easter holidays and celebrated Easter in communion with Western countries, according to the Gregorian calendar, writes Cluj 24.
“Of course we would like from the bottom of our hearts to be able to fix the calendar and we appreciate the approach of Professor Papahagi. The trouble is that in 1922, the correct approach of the Orthodox Church was judged as it should not be and a minority, especially from Moldova, separated from the church and I am now the so-called Stylist Church It is very difficult to fight ignorance. It would be wonderful if this were to succeed and the Easter holidays would also be changed to a new style, because the other holidays with a fixed date, such as Christmas, are kept in the new style, only those related to Easter are kept in the new style old“, said the Metropolitan of Cluj in an interview for Cluj 24.
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