Holy Humor Sunday

A Holy Humor Sunday service is scheduled for Sunday, September 10, beginning at 10:45.

In the earliest centuries of Christianity, Greek Christians observed “Bright Sunday,” on the Sunday after Easter. It was a day observed by the faithful as a “day of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Worshipers and clergy played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang and danced.

The custom was rooted in the musings of early theologians who likened the resurrection to a practical joke played by God on the devil. They called it, “Risus paschalis – The Easter laugh.”

In 1988, a group calling themselves “The Fellowship of Merry Christians” began encouraging churches to resurrect “Bright Sunday” and call it “Holy Humor Sunday.” Today these services are held at various times of the year in celebration of God’s gifts of joy and laughter.