Easter Banner Typo Amuses And Confuses Many

| by Sheena Vasani

A church in England has captured international attention for its typos on an Easter sign.

Acomb Parish Church had ordered four banners that were supposed to read, "Christ is Risen," BBC News reports.

"Our parish had decided to create the banners as it was part of a tradition 30 years ago that existed between Acomb [Church of England] and the Baptist church in the village," curate Ned Lunn said, reports the Daily Mail. "The men of the town used to hang the same banners to show solidarity with one another and this year we wanted to revive that, but also include the Catholic and Methodist congregations, so printed four."

Yet he had reportedly put in the order fairly last minute.

"I ordered four banners at pretty short notice from a friend who ran a local sign printing business and although it was pretty short notice, they said that they would be able to do the job for [March 24]," Lunn said.

While they did get the signs on March 24, they didn’t quite get what they hoped for. The signs instead read "Chris is Risen" -- a particularly amusing coincidence given the church’s pastor is named Chris.

"The pastor at the Baptist Church is actually called Chris and he's got to get up for a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday," Lunn said. "His predecessor didn't manage to get up for the service last year."

Luckily, a customer at the signage company spotted the typos before the signs were delivered, and the mistake was corrected just in time.

"I'm so glad the customer spotted the mistake," Lunn said. "It'll save a bit of embarrassment and a lot of confusion. I had to check the four banners when I distributed them though, just to make sure."

"I found the whole thing very funny, as it could have meant anybody called Chris," Lunn added.

A photo of the incorrect signs has made its way onto the internet. Facebook user Catherine Lloyd posted the picture on March 24, and it has garnered over 1,100 shares in just one day.

The post has been met with amusement by many.

“Yep, I got up pretty early today -- good of them to make a sign to celebrate,” Facebook user Chris Mepham wrote.

“[Rumors] of my death have been greatly exaggerated," Chris Friend added.

Sources: BBC News, Daily Mail, Catherine Lloyd/Facebook / Photo Credit: Flickr/Carl Spencer via Daily Mail, Catherine Lloyd/Facebook