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The long-awaited common celebration of Pascha on April 15, 2001 by all Christians has come and gone.It was in 1990 when this coincidence last occurred and will be in 2004 when it occurs again.

On the one hand, the tradition of the synoptic gospels identifies the Lord's last supper with His disciples as a passover meal.This would place the death of our Lord on the day after Passover.On the other hand, the tradition of the gospel of St.John situates the death of our Lord at the very hour the paschal lambs were sacrificed on the day of Passover itself.

This variation in the interpretation of the scriptures led to two different practices.

The one observed Pascha on the day of Passover, regardless of the day of the week.