A True Easter: The synod of Whitby

The Synod of Whitby 664 AD


Benedicta Ward SLG

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0170-2

LENGTH: 22 pages

Fairacres Publications 151

2007 3/2017

This Synod, held to decide the date of Easter, has been seen as a clash between Celtic and Roman Christianity, yet no clear nationalistic divisions emerged. Agreement on the centrality of celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection enabled difficulties to be overcome.

Sister Benedicta gives an illuminating account of the Synod of Whitby 664 AD, held to discuss the date on which Easter should be celebrated. The Synod has been presented as a clash between Irish and Roman missionaries representing two different kinds of Christianity, yet the two traditions mingled with no clear-cut nationalistic divisions. All participants were agreed upon the centrality of Easter as the feast of the Resurrection, and through looking together towards Jesus as the risen Lord, they resolved their difficulties.

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22 pages


Benedicta Ward SLG



Book Size

140 x 210 mm


The Synod of Whitby 664 AD


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Author Bio

Sister Benedicta Ward SLG (1933–2022) entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She taught spirituality in the University of Oxford and was an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She wrote a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and was one of the world’s leading writers on the legacy of the Desert Fathers. Her published works include books on the Desert Fathers, the Venerable Bede, St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.

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