Easter is a fascinating part of Bulgarian culture. Consider the following:
- Bulgarians observe Easter according to the Julian calendar. This year Easter won’t becelebrated until Sunday April 15th – a week after it is celebrated by Protestants and Catholics.
- Whereas American’s might brave an Easter Sunrise Service, Orthodox Bulgarians go to church Saturday night in order to celebrate Christ’s resurrection at the stroke of midnight.
- Easter is the most important day of the year for the Orthodox Church. Now for the fascinating part: some Bulgarians wonder whether Americans even celebrate Easter! (What’s the most important day of the year in your church?)
But Easter is meant to be more than a fascinating part of any given culture. The resurrection of Jesus is meant to be an integral part of each and every person’s life.
Please pray that God would use the celebration of Easter to compel hundreds of thousands of Bulgarians and their families to “want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, [to become] like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11).