Many Christians now believe that there should be only one date for Easter Sunday. At present, East and West work from different calendars. Sometimes the celebrations coincide, but usually, the Orthodox Easter Day comes a week or so after the Western date. This year Orthodox Easter Sunday is April 19th.
How can we hope to come closer together without dealing with this problem? Christian Unity will not be possible unless we can agree on this question. What kind of message does it present to the world in general if the followers of Christ cannot even celebrate the Resurrection together? This has got to be a priority in ecumenical relations and in evangelisation. Some scholars are already working on this problem, but there seems to be a reluctance on both sides to give way. I am sure the Lord would be more pleased with East and West celebrating on the same day than with any insistence on having the correct biblical date.
There is a web site where you can sign a petition (onedate.org), but we should also pray for this to happen.
The picture above is of the Patriarch of Alexandria venerating the tomb (Good Friday). Vassula can be seen in the background. Below is a really fast (5 minutes) introduction to Orthodox Lent and Easter.