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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from the week of 8-14 February 2016

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That elusive date of Easter

Thank you for your comment regarding the recent proposals to fix the date for Easter. It was very much appreciated.

This year's early Easter is a bit of an inconvenience to me. I teach and so breaking up for Easter early is a wonderful gift. However, next term will be very long and teachers and pupils will become over-tired and grumpy. Having said this I would not like it to be any other way; I love the Christian spiritual calendar, from the great historic journeys of our Lord, such as Easter and Christmas, to my own travails and journeys with Christ, to the fun and interest to realise the day is a Saint's day, St Lucy's day, for example. It is also nourishing to recognise the celebrations and spiritual rhythms of other beliefs and wisdom.

Let's keep things as they are. Let's have to work with our moveable calendar. It encourages us to think about time itself, and momentous events as the birth of Jesus, which is after all, time - less, ever with us, ever loving, and ever inspiring us to do what good we can with our own brief gift of time.

Pauline Smith
Stourport on Severn
Worcestershire, UK
13 February 2016

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