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Holy Humor Sunday
The Second Sunday of Easter
April 11, 2021
Many churches in the United States have begun to observe “Holy Humor Sunday” on the Second Sunday of Easter. The celebration of holy laughter has been a custom in Europe since the earliest centuries of the Christian faith. In the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant countries, the entire week after Easter Sunday was celebrated as a festival of joy and laughter. Parties and picnics were held as part of the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
The idea of encouraging joy and laughter has its roots in the writings of theologians from the early church. Augustine of Hippo, Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom wrote of God’s turning the tables on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. The Resurrection is God’s “Risus paschalis,” or God’s Easter laugh. Sometimes known as “Bright Sunday,” this day is growing in popularity in churches in North America. It’s a day when we can tell jokes, sing songs of joy, delight in good food, enjoy a time of light-heartedness, all in honor of Resurrection joy.
One pastor writes: ”Laughter releases tension, and we have enough of that these days. I think we all need to stop taking ourselves so seriously. We need to recognize that this is really God's world, and He has so much in store for us. We put too much emphasis on what's wrong and what's bad with it.”
People of Christ Episcopal Church, Blaine:
You are cordially invited to a special Zoom Coffee Hour.
Please prepare a story or a joke (good, clean humor)
that will encourage laughter in your sisters and brothers.
11.00 a.m. April 11th, 2021
The Second Sunday of Easter
Holy Humor Sunday!
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