Sunday, April 8, 2007

Easter Sunday is NOT "Red Nose Day" at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher!

Police who patrol Jerusalem's Old City and whose responsibility it is to keep peace on the various holy sites found themselves extremely vexed as they attempted to explain to a young German tourist that Easter Sunday is NOT "Red Nose Day" at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Orthodox Chrisitanity's most holy location.

The young man, who declined to be identified except as "Rudolph," insisted to the Police that he had a right to enter the (alleged) Tomb of Jesus wearing his red nose. He pointed out that the Priests and Bishops of the various orders were "wearing skirts" (true, but tastefully worn and classic black!) and that many of the other tourists were wearing what only could be described as very ugly (and smelly) t-shirts of questionable taste.

Nevertheless, the Old City Police (to their credit) insisited the young man denude himself of his decorative nose prior to entering the Church, where the assembled worshipers may have torn him to bits with their bare hands for desecrating the holy site with too much merriment on Christianity's most sacred holiday.

When last seen, "Rudolph" had entered the Church with his red nose tucked into his back pocket. We hope (for his own safety) he left it there during his visit. Note to Rudolph: the Red Nose is for Christmas, not Easter!

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