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2017 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Monday, March 20 at 6:29 am (Eastern); 10:29 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge

Happy Spring Equinox 2016.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]

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John William North (British), 1888–90

I also share with you, “The Beauty of Spring”.

Please enjoy.

Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2017 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘‘.

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2017 Jewish Passover Just 4-Days Ahead Of April 14, Good Friday — cf. Last Year’s 28-Day Gap.

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Chart of the gap between Passover & Good Friday
1990 – 2025


Given that the original ‘Friday’, the basis for Good Friday, occurred on or around the Jewish Passover it should not come as much of a surprise that Passover and Good Friday can occur close together — sometimes even on the SAME DAY as was the case in 2015 & 2012 and WILL BE the case, two-years running, 2018 & 2019.

But given that Easter is your classic ‘movable Feast’, based on both a Full Moon and the Spring Equinox, there can also be large gaps, as much as 28-days as was the case last year, i.e., 2016.

But this year they are just 4 days apart.

Passover: Monday, April 10, 2017.

Good Friday: Friday, April 14, 2017.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 16, 2017.

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Easter 2017 On Sunday, April 16 Is Later Than The Last 2 Years.

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Easter, of course, is your original ‘moveable feast‘. It can fall between March 22 and April 25.

This year, i.e., 2017, it is towards the later end, April 16. Last year it was considerably earlier. But, in 2014 it was on April 20 — even later. 2011 was towards the very limit at April 24.

Since 1777 Easter has fallen on April 16 eleven (11) times prior to this, viz.: 1786, 1797, 1843, 1854, 1865, 1876, 1911, 1922, 1933, 1995, 2006. S0, the last time was 11 years ago. The 11-year cycle is quite common and you will see it 8 times in that sequence. Then, in between, you have some huge gaps of 46, 35 and 62 years. This is not unusual either.

Next Easter on April 16 will again be in 11 years, i.e., 2028.

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HBO’s “The Young Pope” — Egregious Factual Errors Disturbing, Distracting & Disconcerting.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the listing for HBO’s “The Young Pope”.

The Pope with his outspoken and conniving Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Relevant paragraph from MY “The Next Pope 2011” book.

Yes, as is to be expected from a dramatization like this, there are a LOT of liberties taken when it comes to facts, depictions and settings.

Some are inevitable and you can live with them.

Others are just to egregious especially when certain plots revolve around them.

One such BIGGIE was in Episode 3. In that, the RESIGNATION of Cardinal Voiello, the supposed Secretary of State, figures large.

But, the Young Pope never RE-CONFIRMED Voiello as the Secretary of State — or for that matter ANY OTHER Cardinal Prefect heading up a curial ‘department’ (a so called dicastery).

All of these, as you can see from above, are AUTOMATICALLY relieved of their office and title. They have to be RE-APPOINTED by the new pope. That never happened.

So, a lot of what has gone on is fairy tales.

I am not that thrilled with this series. It is, alas, not very good.

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Today, January 25, Is The Anniversary Of The BIRTH Of CHRISTIANITY.

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Today, January 25, is the ‘Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle‘. This commemorates Jesus’ appearance to Saul/Paul when he was on his way to Damascus. This is the so called “Road to Damascus” event.

I know for sure that we don’t know for sure that this took place on January 25th. We actually don’t know the YEAR of this event, the best guess been that it was during 31 to 36 AD.

But, one thing is for sure. This, rather than any other day, is the TRUE anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.

Of course, Christianity did not come to be at Christmas, December 25th. That is a totally artificial, made-up holiday that was chosen to appease pagans who had celebrated the Winter Solstice, around that time, for centuries.

Easter is also not the anniversary of the Birth of Christianity. Jesus died on Good Friday a good Jew — the King of Jews; he having been born a Jew and a very devout Jew all his life. Between Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, Jesus did not say or do anything to make him anything other than a Jew.

Christianity, if you go by the facts, is St. Paul’s CREATION.

Paul the Apostle created Christianity around Jesus.

It is, cut to the chase, his religion founded on the belief of Jesus.

So January 25th is the REAL anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.

Depending on whether we use AD 31 or AD 36, Christianity is now 1,985 or 1,980 years old.

Think about it.

Merry Christmas.

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