NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan calls this year’s confluence of Passover and Holy Week providential.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb with Archbishop Dolan

He says it creates “a magnificent atmosphere, a religious climate in New York because our Jewish neighbors are celebrating and Christian neighbors are celebrating. So, most of New York City approaches this week as the high holy days, and that creates a real beautiful chemistry that opens us up to God and faith and religions.”

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“What our Jewish neighbors are beautifully and devoutly celebrating, namely: God delivering them from oppression and slavery and darkness and death in Egypt to freedom and new life in Israel,” Dolan told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb. “Guess what! We Christians celebrate the same thing in Jesus – God the father delivering him from the death and darkness and hate and oppression of Good Friday afternoon to the freedom, the new life of the light of Easter Sunday. That’s his Passover.”

As Dolan put it, for Christians, this week is also a powerful reminder of Jewish roots, and says we are all celebrating the virtue of hope.

Comments (7)
  1. Rod in says:

    More providential is a confluence of us choir boys around his SPECIAL NAVE 🙂

  2. Gregory says:

    Easter, Passover, Spring all seasons of hope and renewal. Consider it’s the same God just different magic.

  3. Herb Brewer says:



  4. Mr. Blackwell says:

    Reply to MrHOP: highly inappropriate comment, especially in light of the good-spirited, positive story you chose to post your comment on. You really backdoored the archbishop.

  5. MOSHE PIPIK says:

    easter is passover!1

  6. Denise says:

    What is so “providential” about 2 holidays, both determined by the first full moon after the spring equinox (in the case of Easter, the first Sunday after the full moon), falling in the same week? They are almost every year, aren’t they?

    1. Mary Magdalene says:

      …exactly what I was thinking, Denise! The whole story of Christ’s Last Supper (seder meal) and passion was centered around Passover when it originally happened. So not too much of a miracle Timmy me boy!

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