RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoCFR G 15
Extent96 ff.
TitleEaster
Date1961-1978
DescriptionPapers relating to discussions determining the date of Easter, the introduction of legislation for a fixed Easter in the United Kingdom, and a common Easter for all churches, including: statement of the Second Vatican Council on Easter (f. 6); briefing note to answer Lord Ferrier's parliamentary question on introduction of the Easter Act, 1928 (ff.7-10); note by Dr. Demetrios N. Katsis of the University of Athens Astronomy Laboratory (ff.11-12); World Council of Churches questionnaire and associated correspondence (ff.14-16, 18-20); briefing note by Hugh Whitworth to answer Lord Merthyr's parliamentary question on the introduction of the Easter Act, 1928 (ff.23-26); letters from Justinian, Patriarch of Romania, and Demetrios, Ecumenical Patriarch, about a fixed Easter (ff.28-40); response from Archbishop Coggan to Cardinal Willebrands' letter about an agreed date for Easter and copies of a negative response from Metropolitan Basil of Warsaw (ff.41-47); Home Office correspondence with Hugh Whitworth and the British Council of Churches (ff.50-54); Archbishop Coggan's correspondence with Dr. Philip Potter and Cardinal Willebrands about possible agreement on a fixed date of Easter in April (ff.55-60); invitation from Metropolitan Damaskinos of Tranoupolis to Archbishop Coggan to send a delegate to an Orthodox Conference on the Common Easter, the appointment of the Revd. John Wynbourne and his reports, July 1977 (ff.61-88); correspondence with the Gerald Ellison, Bishop of London, and Martin Conway (British Council of Churches) of moving forward on a common Easter, rather than a fixed Easter, and the difficulties of resisting Home Office pressure (ff.89-95).
LanguageEnglish with some Greek and French

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