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As CaptainThin pointed out, today is Reformation Day and All Hallows’ Eve.
I think it’s a good day for Protestant jokes. Here’s one that my dad heard in seminary:
There was an interdenominational Protestant gathering, and a fire started in the sanctuary. The Pentecostals got up and screamed: “Fire!” The Baptists shouted: “Water!” And the Presbyterians said: “Order.”
Martin Luther once said that if he farted in Wittenberg, they smell it in Rome. Recently, excavators found Luther’s famed cloaca, the secret place where he did a ton of writing. It was a stone toilet. Could this possibly mean that the 95 Theses originated from 95 feces?
More conservative Christians seem to be scared off by Halloween as a pagan holiday. This year, though, it’s not the Protestants but the Polish Catholic bishops who are decrying Halloween as a pagan holiday.
I think we could use a bit more holy humour on All Hallows Eve, though, and so does Fr. Jim Martin.
In light of this, I have a few suggestions:
- Nail the 95 theses on somebody’s door. This seems to be a yearly ritual between Valparaiso University (the Lutherans) and the University of Notre Dame (Catholic, Congregation of Holy Cross). This year, Nashotah House even had this done in-house. I guess this is what happens when you’re Anglo-Catholic. Note, though, that they use Rite I. Smells like Cranmer.
- Tell a Protestant joke. You know, for example, how some Protestants like to remember the Diet of Worms by portraying themselves as totally depraved worms in a fit of utter humility? Here’s Happy Reformation Day to them from Pope Benedict XVI.
- Go buy Rachel Held Evans’s book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood. Why? you ask. For the simple fact that it came out yesterday.
It also brings to mind Nadia Bolz-Weber being portrayed as a comic book “pastrix” in a pic worthy of both Reformation Day and Halloween.
- Dress up as a morbid Reformation martyr. For example, somebody could do Michael Servetus.
In the spirit of Chinglicanism, I’ll leave it at 4 things. “4,” after all, is the Chinese superstitious number for death.
And that’s funny only if your hermeneutic for both Reformation Day and All Hallows’ Eve is the resurrection.