Jewish Passover — Dates in 2021
Western Easter Gregorian calendar 4th April Orthodox Easter Julian Calendar 2nd May click here for its background. Full moon after spring equinox in Brisbane is Monday 29th March early morning, and in Jerusalem Sunday 28th March late evening.
Saturday 27th March (The Lord's Passover) is 14th day of first month when the passover lamb used to be killed, with its blood traditionally drained to the foot of the table (altar) before sunset. Normally the time of the full moon. In the first Passover in Egypt, used to bedaub the lintel and the doorposts of the Hebrew houses. Until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70AD, the sacrifice of each household's lamb was performed by a large number of priests in the Temple courtyard in Jerusalem, over perhaps a five hour period. Click here for a reference to this by Josephus.
Now, within two generations of 70AD and in the absence of the temple, animal sacrifices ceased.
Click here for a recent article on this subject, and how Jewish people currently celebrate the Passover.
Sunday 28th March is 15th day of month starting at sunset the previous evening, the first day of Unleavened Bread with the previous evening referred to as the Passover Seder when the whole household shares in the meal together. In some households and synagogues the Seder runs into the early hours of the following morning, with midnight remembering the moment of judgment on Egypt-the world, and the testing of Jesus in the Garden in Gethsemane.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread then used to run for seven days, with sacrifices every day in the Temple courtyard in accordance with Numbers 28
Sunday 4th April in 2021 is the Feast of First Fruits, as it is the first day after the normal weekly sabbath.
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