Pat Shingleton: "The Passover Moon"
Passover begins tonight at sundown - 7:25 PM. Moon rise tonight is scheduled for 6:55 PM. Astronomers determine a full moon by calculating the percentage of illumination and tonight's full moon will represent a 99.8% illumination.An ancient "school of thought" suggested that "light" was needed for the Jewish people to leave Egypt, in darkness, and begin their journey out of bondage. Assisting them in the dark-of-the-night was a full moon, similar to the full moon tonight. Native American's refer to the April full moon as the "Full Pink Moon," Hebrews referred to it as the Passover Moon. Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the paschal full moon or the first full moon after the vernal equinox, which began on March 20th. The Moon phase remains a factor when Easter occurs during the Liturgical year. Lent began 44 days ago and Easter can fall anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th.