Tell a joke this Easter!
By Mark Weber, preaching minister
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[April 18, 2014]
The Sunday after Easter is
typically known as "Bright Sunday" or "Holy Humor Sunday" and has
its roots in history. For centuries, in Catholic, Orthodox and
Protestant countries, the hours and days following Easter morning
were observed as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics
to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. One old custom originating in
Bavarian practice has the faithful gathering back in church on
Easter afternoon for a time of storytelling and practical joking.
These post-Easter practices came about from the musings of early
church theologians that God played a practical joke on Satan by
raising Jesus from the dead. Satan thought he had won the victory at
the death of Jesus, but when Jesus conquered death, the joke was on
the devil. The Latins call it Risus Paschalis —
"God's Joke" or the "Easter Laugh."
So tell a joke this Easter!
It's one historic way of celebrating Christ's victory.
[By MARK WEBER, preaching minister at
Mount Pulaski Christian Church]