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How Should the Date of Celebrating the Memorial be Determined?

Among Bible Students, there is general agreement that the celebration of the .Lord’s Supper should be carried out on an annual basis, as a remembrance of the fulfillment of the Paschal sacrifice. The term “Memorial” Supper has been adopted as a reminder that the primary emphasis of the occasion is to commemorate the death of Christ as the atoning sacrifice on behalf of all mankind. There is also general agreement that the proper date for holding this special ceremony is on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, which occurs in the spring. It was on this date that the Passover lambs were slain in the type, and it was on this day, according to John’s gospel, that our Lord Jesus died as the antitypical “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Determining the Date

But on which date does Nisan 14 fall in our own era? Differing methods of calculation yield dates which can vary by as much as a month from each other, resulting in Memorial celebrations that are held at different times by various groups instead of upon one uniformly established date.

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