Easter


Easter
The word is used by AV for the annual commemoration of Jesus' resurrection at Acts 12:4; modern versions prefer ‘Passover’. Easter soon became the chief festival of the early Church, and by the 3rd cent. it was preceded by a night vigil. At dawn those who had been prepared were baptized; all received communion. There was no observance of Good Friday as a separate memorial day until the 4th cent. For some time Easter, as the Christian Passover, was observed on 14 Nisan, the date of the Jewish festival, whether it was a weekday or a Sunday. This continued for some time in Asia Minor, where those who practised this custom were called Quartodecimans.
Its celebration on the Sunday after the Jewish Passover was not ordered at Rome until 160 CE. It has been suggested that much of 1 Pet. originally formed part of an Easter homily in Rome when there were candidates for baptism (1 Pet. 3:21).

Dictionary of the Bible.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Easter — • Includes information on the feast and customs Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Easter     Easter     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Easter — Eas ter ([=e]s t[ e]r), n. [AS. e[ a]ster, e[ a]stran, paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. E[ a]stre, a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS. E[ a]sterm[ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Easter — (engl. Ostern) ist ein englischer Familienname. Bekannte Namensträger Allison Easter, Sängerin David Easter, Musiker Jamal Easter (*1987), britischer Fußballspieler (Wales) Jermaine Easter (*1982), britischer Fußballspieler (Wales) Kenneth… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Easter — Студийный альбом Patti Smith Group Дата выпуска 3 марта, 1978 год Записан Recor …   Википедия

  • Easter — O.E. Easterdæg, from Eastre (Northumbrian Eostre), from P.Gmc. *Austron, a goddess of fertility and spring, probably originally of sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, from *austra , from PIE *aus to shine (especially of the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Easter — Album par Patti Smith Group Sortie 3 mars 1978 Durée 39 min 44 s Genre Rock, Punk rock Producteur Jimmy Iovine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Easter — lily; Easter Monday; Easter Sunday; Easter vacation …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Easter — (also Easter Day or Easter Sunday) ► NOUN ▪ the festival of the Christian Church celebrating the resurrection of Christ, held (in the Western Church) on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox. ORIGIN Old… …   English terms dictionary

  • Easter — [ēs′tər] n. [ME ester < OE eastre, pl. eastron, spring, Easter; orig., name of pagan vernal festival almost coincident in date with paschal festival of the church < Eastre, dawn goddess < PGmc * Austro (> Ger Ostern) < IE base *… …   English World dictionary

  • Easter — East er, v. i. (Naut.) To veer to the east; said of the wind. Russell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Easter — (Myth.), so v.w. Eostra …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.