Easter Sunday – Eastern Orthodox Style

Some groups never accepted  the calendar named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582. This has resulted in Easter being celebrated on different Sundays. Far back In 325 A.D. the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.  From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.

Currently the Gregorian Calendar is thirteen days ahead of the Julian Calendar. Beginning on 14 Mar 2100 (29 Feb 2100 Julian), the difference will be fourteen days but few of us will see that change. By moving March 21 up 13 days the first full moon may occur somewhat earlier and Easter will be celebrated differently.

On my Easter last Sunday circumstances made me unable to post. Had I been in a position to do so then this essay by Samuel Ullman would have been posted. So to keep with the spirit of the time I appropriate my wife’s Easter to publish it which seems fitting for this time of year which is one of renewal and reflection.

Youth

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind;it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old merely by number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, bu to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust. 

Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite for what’s next and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station: so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.   

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at 20, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at 80.

Happy Easter!

18 thoughts on “Easter Sunday – Eastern Orthodox Style

  1. This was posted on my FACEBOOK page; I share it here:
    SCIENCE: (1) EVOLUTION spelled backwards is NO, I TU LOVE. (2) Only LOVE is faster than the speed of light, entangling particles and persons across light years in fractions of seconds. (3) E=MCC FAITH, HOPE, POWER, INTELLECT, and all the Money (Moolah) in the World. 4. ENTANGLING is the scientific word for the day. IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO; IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE, AS IT TAKES TWO TO LOVE, at least two . . .

      1. CORRECTION: E=MCC which is less than LOVE which is greater than FAITH, HOPE, POWER, INTELLECT, and all the money in the world

        somehow this site did not transmit the less than and greater than signs:

  2. Another member of the dreaded Cornpopper Gang of Savin Hill who should be mentioned is Jimmy Eugley, the strongest 150 pound man I’ve ever known. Jimmy used to hang from a pole in front of a store on Savin Hill Avenue, for an hour or two, just for fun, just for exercise. If you fought Jimmy, and he got his hand on your wrist, you lost. You could not break his incredibly strong grasp, then he’d get you in a headlock or a leg lock around your waist and squeeze the life out of you. When he first went into the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War Years, he got in a fight with the head of a Chicago Gang, and they fought to a draw, after battling for over an hour. Jimmy, like Billy Jenkins a very tough heavyweight, would Never Quit . . .they were INDEFATIGABLE in street fights . . .they just kept on coming . . .
    Great Men from the dreaded Cornpopper Gang of Savin Hill . . . .of course, they’re all grandfathers nowadays . . .Peaceable, but even today they’d never let a bully get away with bullying anyone, because they believed that KINDNESS means standing up to bullies, mud slingers and character assassins, too.

  3. It was my lifelong friend from Savin Hill, Bill McMahan who introduced me to the world of art, to Georgia O’Keefe, Pop Art ala Andy Warhol(a), stabiles, mobiles, and the term/concept VISUALIST. Bill started art school, Mass School of Art in Boston, after serving in the Marine Corps as a Sergeant as a machine gunner, too, on the Cambodian Border, in French Plantations, jungles, rivers, and fields of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War . . .Bill McMahan also was a boxer in the Marines and a drill instructor . . .previously he was a three sport athlete captain at Dot High and President of his class, the oldest brother of eight McMahans from Pleasant Street in Savin Hill and one of the crew at our summer’s cottage, DOPE’S INN, on Jenkins Pond in Falmouth during the 1967 SUMMER OF LOVE . . .

    1. those were crazy years, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, as you’d be partying down Cape Cod and five guys would be just back from Vietnam, five would be going over that Autumn, and five would be there . . . .8 million Americans served during the Vietnam War and about 2.5 million served in Vietnam . . .on land, sea, air . . .crazy years . . . Stevie Driscoll, a lifelong friend from Sagamore Street in Savin Hill, did four tours in Southeast Asia as a machine gunner on an Air Force helicopter .. . .Stevie became President of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, Southern California, Desert Chapter, Atascadero, California . . .he was one of 44 guys who showed up in 2000 for the reunion of the dreaded Savin Hill Cornpoppers Gang . . . .Stevie was unable to make the Savin Hill Reunion in NOvember of 2018 when over 500 neighbors, lifelong friends, family, showed up at the Firemen’s Post in Dorchester . . .

      Happy Easters, Happy Passover, Happy Spring and Happy Days and God Bless America

  4. One final thought for tomorrow’s news:
    Journalists protect Sources, which is supposed to mean only that the Sources identity is never revealed,
    Today, the liberal media CORRUPTS that concept and allows the SOURCE to get away with murder, mayhem and the ABUSE OF FEDERAL POWER, as we’ve in Boston these last two decades and also in Washington DC.
    The LEAKING SOURCE now knows that the corrupt leftist press (Globe, NYT, CNN, etc) will allow the leaker to abuse power, and so long as he/she LEAKS and remains a SOURCE of info for the MEDIA, the leftist MEDIA will allow him/her to PERSECUTE, PROSECUTE/INVESTIGATE UNFAIRLY/UMJUSTLY.

    Hand in Glove, the corrupt leaker works with the corrupt media to undermine democracy. THAT’S WHY ALL THE ABUSES OF THE JIHADI JAVERTS, THE STERNS GANG AND FRED WYSHAK AND THEIR COHORTS, BLACK ROBE ABETTORS AND SUITED ABETTORS IN CLERKS’ OFFICES are covered up and allowed to fester and spread. That’s why innocent men and women are persecuted, forced into plea deals, bankrupted, driven to suicide and heart attacks, and falsely imprisoned.

    THE LIBERAL PRESS/MEDIA HAS BECOME IRREDEEMABLY CORRUPT IN AMERICA.

  5. In his NYT op-ed, Comey calls Trump an “amoral” President. No morals.
    Think about that.
    I’d call John Martorano amoral when it comes to killing and dealing drugs and raping young women in the Kenmore Square area after plying them with cocaine.
    I’d call Jeffrey Epstein amoral when it comes to seducing twelve year old girls.
    Even sociopaths, psychiatrists tell us, have morals . . .it just doesn’t bother them to steal or commit crime or to lie.
    Only the most psychopathic of individuals is AMORAL . . . .John Martorano who blithely shot 20 people, including a teenage girl, in the back of the head, might fill that bill . . .a career criminal/gangster/killer.

    But to call Donald Trump “amoral.”? He has no morals? This is where the left is in America today, and you saw it with the DEMS vicious grilling of Attorney General Barr . . . .mean spirited mud slinging, character assassination, name calling . . . attempting to assume a moral high ground, and proving their moral inferiority in doing so . . . .do not they recognize they are only throwing spitballs, dirt, at people?

    YOU ARE SCUM, YOU ARE SCUM, YOU DON’T THINK LIKE I DO, YOU DIDN’T SUPPORT HILLARY, YOU ARE SCUM, YOU ARE SCUM . . .YOU ARE SCUMMY SCUMMY SCUM

    It’s pathetic, but that’s where we are in America today . . . .THE BLACKENED POTS CALLING THE KETTLES BLACK . . .

    1. Another thought, which I’ll post later.
      Like all non-lawyers, when Power Abusing FED Persecutors get on your case you try to OBSTRUCT INJUSTICE . . .
      You see what corrupt FED prosecutors and corrupt Investigators do, and you strive for JUSTICE . . .it’s like Caswell Motel….the FEDs tried to steal his Motel (asset forfeiture) because out of nearly 120 rooms rented nightly, two a year on average were occupied by a drug user/drug dealer, DRUGS THE FEDS ARE SUPPOSED TO KEEP OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES, stop from crossing the border or stop from diversion from doctor’s, hospitals, scripts, pharmacies, etc.

      So, President Trump, like me, sees CORRPUT FED PROSECUTORS INVESTIGATORS LIKE COMEY (WHO ASSUMED THE ROLE OF CHIEF PROSECUTOR IN DECIDING NOT TO PROSECUTE HILLARY) AND he says I’m going to fire that corrupt biased bum . . .which he has the power to do . . .and he says I’m going to OBSTRUCT THESE PATENT INJUSTICES, THIS ABUSE OF POWER, BY FEDS WORKING IN CONJUCTION WITH THE LEFTIST MEDIA, and because he is a businessman and not a lawyer, the CORRUPT BUM MUELLAR AND HIS CORRUPT BIASED TEAM OF LIBERAL HILLARY SUPPORTING DEM LAWYERS take out of context everything Trump does and try to make it into an OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE case for Congress, and or at least for the MEDIA, and for POLITICAL PURPOSES

      THE CORRUPT BUMS . . .I’VE HAD IT WITH ALL OF THEM . . .I’M GLAD I GOT A LAW DEGREE, WITH HONORS, AND FOUGHT ALL THE CORRUPT JUDGES AND LAWYERS IN MASSACHUSETTS ON THE ST PAT’S PARADE CASE AND HAD THE HONOR OF APPEARING AS CO COUNSEL WITH THE GREAT CHESTER DARLING AT THE US SUPREME COURT, SCOTUS, AND RECEIVING A UNANIMOUS 9-0 VICTORY FOR FREE SPEECH, FREE ASSOCIATION AND THE AMERICAN WAY

      I KNOW HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS . . . .AND I KNOW HOW THE CORRUPT BUMS ABUSE THE SYSTEM, THE POWER ABUSERS, AND MOST OF THEM DO SO KNOWINGLY, BUT A FEW OF THEM SADLY, DO SO UNWITTINGLY . . . .THE UNWITTING WINS ARE WORSE, BECAUSE THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER

      SIGNED UNDER PAINS AND PENALTIES OF PERJURY, BILLY C, JUST ANOTHER SAVIN HILL BILL, A.K.A. BILLANOVA

  6. This comment is a non sequitur which I will cut and paste again. I read Muellar’s report quoted the biased, Trump-hating CNN, NYT and Wash Post “200 times” . . . you see how biased Muellar’s team was.
    Muellar, a liberal Republican in Bill Weld’s mold, assembled a team of all liberal democrats, three of whom, I’ve read, who actually contributed money to Hillary’s Presidential Campaign, to investigate a conservative Republican President. THE MUELLAR REPORT WAS CORRUPT AB INITIO AND ITS RELIANCE ON CNN, NYT, ETC PROVES ITS IDEOLOGICALLY WARPED BIASES.

    2. MUELLAR’S JOB WAS OVER WHEN HE SUBMITTED THE REPORT . . .instead, lIke Comey abusing power, assuming the job of Attorney General, declaring HIllary not prosecutable even though she was extremely careless (grossly negligent), Muellar abused power and acted ex officio by writing a letter after the report was submitted, giving his further OPINIONS on the matter, a letter that was leaked, that he knew would be leaked, or would be the subject of future inquiry by Congress, the Media, etc . . . .
    The point is Muellar like Comey (read Comey’s disgraceful NYT op ed yesterday, where he rides high in the saddle of his white horse, assuming moral superiority, the usurper and abuser of federal power) Muellar like Comey is one of those corrupt individuals who doesn’t know that he is intellectually and morally corrupt. There are many of therm. Especially among the FEDS, fed prosecutors, fed judges, etc.

    1. Hutch, I like that Movable Feast reference. Happy Holidays to all, remembering the most Movable Feast of all, PASSOVER.

  7. You all remember Anthony Quinn . . .he played Zorba the Greek

    This past week was Boston College’s annual ARTS FESTIVAL and I catch all the events I can, and try never to miss the Dance Shows, BCBop jazz band, and the annual musical . . .this year it was Dolly Parton’s 9-5 . . . .SPECTACULAR

    HANG AROUND A COLLEGE CAMPUS, TAKE IN THE ARTS, SPORTS, TALKS, etc, . . . that’ll keep you young and put joy in your daily step . . .

  8. Good thoughts . . .keep having fun . . . .
    My heroes . . .the 96 year old Greek woman I saw dancing at the Greek Festival in Centerville last summer
    My friend Yasin, from Somalia, whose 92 year old grandfather had a son with his forty something wife
    Tony Randall who after his wife of 50 years died of cancer wooed and wed at the ageo f 75 the lovely 25 year old Heather Harlan, and they had two children, and he lived another decade.
    And MY LONG TIME HERO, the Irish-Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn who at the age of 80 had his fourth child with his 37 year old wife . . .it was his fourth wife, and he had had six children previously with his three prior lives,

    And I just read yesterday in the Wall Street Journal about a 77 year old Iron Man who works out daily and does the most strenuous courses that most young men would falter at . . .

    Keep on punchin . . . .Keep on dancing . . .

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